The Eagle Nebula (M16)

A star-forming region located about 5700 ly away in the direction of Serpens containing a young star cluster of roughly 8000 stars in a wealth of diffuse Ha emission. Its common name is derived from the appearance of the dark nebulosity that intrudes into a field of emission nebulosity. 

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M + Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, fl = 1000mm at f7.7 cropped to ~1.0x0.7
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external E-finder
Filters/Exposures: HaRGB: 20:30:20:20 min = 1h50m Location: ASV's LMDSS, Lady's Pass, Australia
Date: October 2010 Processing: CCDStack, Mira AL8, Photoshop CS5