M17 goes by several different names: Checkmark, Horseshoe, Lobster, Omega and Swan. It is a massive star-forming region that is bright and richly structured. It has a complex structure that is unique due to the almost straight-edged regions of darks and transitions from billowing clouds of molecular gas to long, twisting tendrils.
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|Telescope:||Celestron EdgeHD 9.25|
|Total exposure:||56 m|
|Ra:||18h 21m 5.9s|
|Dec:||-16° 11' 26.933|
|Size:||34.294 x 26.26 arcmin|