Splendor of the Eagle

Messier 16
Messier 16

Here’s my impression of M16, a large star-forming nebula with inside of it a brilliant cluster of newborn stars in the constellation of Serpens. It was made on the 10th of August at my little observatory in Carรน, Italy. Equipment used was my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob with 40mm Siebert VP Echelon binoviewer, a couple of Explore Scientific 24mm 82ยฐ eyepieces and a Baader OIII filter. Conditions were rather good and I could even make out the main “pillar of creation” as a small dark lane in the nebula’s centre. I captured the image with an ordinary pencil on white paper and afterwards elaborated it on the pc, trying to make the final result as realistic as possible. I sincerely hope you like it!

6 thoughts on “Splendor of the Eagle”

  1. It is so beatiful. The newborn stars in the nebular are so cute. So cute baby stars ^^
    The dim blue color stars, I can feel that they are young stars.
    Exellent sketch!!!

  2. Peter,

    This is a fine capture of M-16 visually.
    Always gets a look on a fine summer night.
    Great post.

    Frank ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Many thanks, Stella and Frank!

    @Stella: The colour of the stars was not really because they are young but because I observed them through an OIII filter which only lets light of a specific blue frequency through. This filter creates a lot more contrast between the nebula and the background and so it stands out a lot more. But of course, everything else turns bluish as well. ๐Ÿ™‚



  4. I agree with Rodrigo; it looks like I’m right there with your scope looking through the EP. Nice sketch, well rendered and professionally presented. Thanks for the post.

  5. Dear Peter,

    Thanks for the kind explanation. Now, I understand why stars are bluish green.
    Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

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