M16 or NGC6611
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M16 is an 8th magnitude Open Cluster in the constellation of Serpens next to Ophiuchus with this cluster lying near Sagittarius. Through a telescope the cluster of stars is visible but little or no nebulosity can be seen. Long images on film or CCD show lots os nebulosity. The three central pillars were imaged by The Hubble Space Telescope and are referred to as the pillars of creation. You can see small stars that are emerging from the dust clouds. 55 stars make up this Open Stars Cluster lying 5,500 lights years from Earth.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140mm APO F/7 Refractor
Mount Type Astro-Physics AP1200
Camera SBIG ST8XME
 Filters Astrodon LRGB+HA
 Film  CCD
 Exposure Total exposure time 115 minutes
 Processing CCDSoft & Photoshop CS2
 Date  June 20, 2007
 Location  June Mountain, near Dexter, Oregon 122° 43.53 W 43° 48.41' N
 Conditions 3252' magnitude 6.0 Skies; Clear & Steady

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