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The treasure trove of stunning Milky Way jewels includes M16 aka Eagle Nebula aka Star Queen Nebula. This young cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens Caput was easily seen through binoculars and appears well resolved with distinct surrounding nebulosity through a 5” refractor. Nyanya Borja and Benedick Reyes, two intelligently attuned and adventurous visitors at the observatory, enjoyed their first ever views through an astronomical telescope. They were thrilled with the views they got of Saturn, M4 the Scorpius globular cluster, and M16.


Exposures through a 16” Newtonian reveals the profile of the “Star Queen”, with its pillars of hydrogen gas forming new stars in the central region of this image. Dark Bok Globules and wispy blue regions add variety to this intriguing part of the sky.  

Date Imaged       :

June 14, 2015

Lens       :

N16 f/4.5

Camera       :

QSI 683

Exposure       :

4.3 hours

Filter       :

LRGB 90:60:50:60 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio