The Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16 (in the center of the image), is surrounded by a huge HII region located some 7,000 light years away from the Earth. This image covers a region about 30 light years across. Thousands of Solar Systems could fit inside the whole area. The Eagle nebula became an astronomy icon thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope images taken on the 1st of April 1995. This field was called “The Pillars of Creation” and it’s known as an important star-forming region.

This image has been composed using the so-called Hubble Palette color composition. This color convention assigns the narrow band filters to the RGB channels as it follows: [SII] to red, Hα to green, [OIII] to blue.

This was my first narrow band image using my new setup: Takahashi FSQ85, Mesu200 and ASI1600MM.

Image Details

Hα: 57×600″

[SII]: 15×600″

[OIII]: 32×600″


50 darks, 50 bias

All images taken at 0Gain Bin1 -25ºC


FSQ85ED telescope

Mesu200 mount

ASI 1600MM-C v2 camera with ZWO EFW 8 pos

Guiding with ASI174MC and ZWO OAG

Baader filters



Aleix Roig – Prades, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain). July 2017.

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