M17, also known as NGC 6618 or the Omega or Swan Nebula, is an HII nebula in
Sagittarius. It has an apparent size of 11 arc minutes for the central area and is located
at a distance of about 5,000 - 6,000 light years.
Date: July 3,5,6, 2010
Location: Blue Mountain Vista Observatory, New Ringgold PA
Optics: Starizona Hyperion telescope, 12.5 inch/2529 mm focal length
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: STL 11000
Guiding: self guided
Exposure: L 28x10min, RGB 12x7 min each binned 2x2 - Total 8.4 hrs
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
M17 The Swan Nebula