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Eagle and Swan Nebula: This wide-angle view shows in the same field two of the most spectacular emission nebulae in the sky: The Eagle Nebula (M16) and the Swan Nebula (M17). Both objects are intense starbirth regions and have been thoroughly investigated.
In this image M16 is displayed left above center and M17 to the lower right. The image shows also clearly that both nebulae are not isolated objects but part of a much larger region of HII emission.

The image has been selected Astrophoto of the Day(APOD)

Object Eagle and Swan Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation M 016,017
Constellation Serpens, Sagittarius
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 4 x 20min H-alpha, 4 x 5min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Astro Professional 80mm f/7 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, PixInsight, Photoshop. Colorcode L:H-alpha,R/H-alpha.G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13 Apr 2013
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