The Pillars of Creation

Subject: M16 - Eagle Nebula
Telescope: Celestron CPC 800 with f/6.3 reducer
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: 46 lights between 1600 and 6400 ISO with exposures varying from 15 to 30 seconds. Total exposure time of 22 minutes 36 seconds. 16 darks. 50 biases.
Prime focus. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker. Post-processing in Photoshop.

The Pillars of Creation have long been one of my favorite deep sky objects. After my recent success with the Dumbbell Nebula I set a goal of capturing the pillars in a similarly successful shot. Tonight was the clear and still night I needed to meet that goal.

The Pillars of Creation are actually a formation within the Eagle Nebula, an object located in the brightest portion of our galactic center. The Eagle Nebula, or M16, is perhaps one of the most interesting objects in the sky with a number of formations within it. Among these formations are the Pillars of Creation (seen in the center of the image), a star cluster, and the shape of an eagle’s head (seen in the top center of the image) giving the nebula it’s name.

One comment to The Pillars of Creation

  • Karla  says:

    absolutely beautiful! I’m anxious to see what your camera reveals next! It’s like a treasure hunt!

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