The Eagle a.k.a. the Star Queen nebula, M16, with the Pillars of Creation at its heart. 2.5 hours of 5-minute exposures on an Svbony sv503 70ED with a ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera and the Optolong l-eXtreme filter in Monroe's Bortle 6 skies.
I experimented with a new set up last night and captured three targets. The second is the region including M16 (the Eagle Nebula), M17 (the Omega Nebula) and M24 (the small Sagittarius star cloud). The camera I used is a Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless (unmodified) along with a Samyang 135mm manual focus f/2 lens. No telescope
I recently pointed my Samyang 12mm southeast over the glow of downtown Monroe to capture a time lapse from dusk until dawn. The Milky Way even lurks over bright downtown Monroe, if you know how to find it.
During the trek up a 1-mile, 1,200-foot fire service road to reach the lookout, we encountered thunder (but not lightning), a black bear, storm clouds and more. However, later that evening the skies clear and this happened. After verifying the Milky Way was visible with my 12mm lens, I decided to switch to the 50mm lens.
The haunting image of massive interstellar dust pillars captured by the Hubble telescope existed only in myth until I saw them stand out distinctly against the background in one of my first photos of M16, the Eagle Nebula. Those images felt unfished. Hopefully, this one is ready. I present M16 and the Pillars of Creation.
One of two Milky Way shots from the Macabuca bar in Grand Cayman.
The Milky Way as it arched over Snoqualmie Point Park.
I only spent 30 minutes imaging the heart of the Eagle Nebula (M16) commonly known as the Pillars of Creation. This shot is a combination of RGB and Hydrogen alpha.
The Eagle Nebula spreads its wings along the spine of the Milky Way. It embraces massive pillars of star-forming dust known as the Pillars of Creation.
Venus is partially covered by clouds. To the left rises the core of the Milky Way.
This glimpse of star-filled skies features a dense part of the Milky Way.
Located along the 'spine' of the Milky Way near several other popular nebulae, M16 has many names from the Star Queen to the Eagle Nebula. A vast emission nebula, at its heart lies the fabled Pillars of Creation. Just over 3 hours exposure went into this image.
M16 is called the Eagle Nebula due to its overall shape, but it's the smoky columns that span lightyears in height that make it famous. The columns are called the Pillars of Creation.