(IAAC) Obj: M16 - Inst: 10" Orion DSE f/5.6

Observation Poster: Brian Carter <nairbretrac@hotmail.com>
Observer: Brian Carter
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 7-19-04
Location of site: Covington, GA (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" Orion DSE f/5.6
Magnification: 37x
Filter(s): UHC
Object(s): M16
Category: Open cluster. Emission nebula.
Constellation: Serpens
Data: mag 6.4  size 7.0'
Position: RA 18:18.8  DEC -13:47
Could easily make out 35-40 stars in the cluster.  The brightest are
two yellow stars, resembling a double right below the dark pillars.
With a UHC filter the Eagle shape is obvious.  The pillars are easily
visible as dark areas and occasionally become clear enough to honestly
see the familiar shapes in all those great long exposures. But they
are only visible with averted vision.  Direct vision can only tell
that there is slightly less nebulosity.  Overall a real beauty.
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