Journey through Webb’s breathtaking view of the Pillars of Creation

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Journey through Webb’s breathtaking view of the Pillars of Creation


Pillars of Creation is a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, in the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light-years from Earth.They are named so because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a lush, highly detailed landscape – the iconic Pillars of Creation – where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust. The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are far more permeable. These columns are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust that appear – at times – semi-transparent in near-infrared light.

Let's take a journey to review the Pillaros of Creation through Webb Space Telescope. 

Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)



This photo is from the James Webb space telescope, Mr. Mehmet processed out the stars. It looks astronomically beautiful.

Post Processing Credit: Mehmet Ergün

Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)




Again, Webb is GREAT! In the meanwhile, let's also enjoy astronomers' unique "Pillars of Creation" by their gears. 

Credit: 柏乐 (China)
Telescope: SkyRover 155APO PRO
Camera: ZWO ASI6200MM
Mount: Sky Watcher EQ8-R
Filter: Optolong SHO 3nm narrowband filters
Total exposure: 15hurs






►The Eagle Nebula 

Credit: Terry Hancock(US)

Captured from Grand Mesa Observatory, both the WO 12" RC and QHY600 Mono CMOS are coutesy of and recently supplied by William Optics. I was so encouraged by these great results and with permission from William Optics this setup is now available as an option "System 5" on GMO's subscription plans.

The Eagle Nebula was captured over 2 nights using the QHY600M with just 4 x 300 second exposures (bin 1x1) each channel LRGB and 8 x 600 second H-Alpha (bin 2x2). The William Optics WO12 RC is currently setup using the William Optics .8 reducer providing a 1971mm focal length @ F6.4. Bin 1x1 the image scale is 0.39 arcsec/pix and Bin 2x2 the image scale is 0.79 arcsec/pixel.

Total acquisition time 2.66 hours.

Filters used were supplied courtesy of Optolong
Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: Purdy Mesa, Colorado 
Dates of Capture April 26 and 27th 2020 
HA 80 min 8 x 600 sec 
LRGB 80 min 4 x 300 sec
Filters by Optolong 
Camera: QHY600 Monochrome CMOS
Gain 60, Offset 76 with Dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: William Optics 12" RC @ F6.4
EQ Mount: Paramount ME 
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6 Pre Processing in Pixinsight Post Processed in Photoshop CC

The incandescence of the Eagle Nebula is laced with intricate dark lanes, globules, and huge clouds of dust which shroud ongoing star formation from direct view. The most prominent dark structures are the so-called “Pillars of Creation”, three long fingers of gas and dark dust nearly ten light years long. The Pillars are a field laboratory for the study of star formation and have been examined intensely by astronomers at visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths. Within the Pillars are much smaller, warmer, and denser regions called evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs), some of which contain just a few solar masses. The EGGs are ground zero for star formation, though it’s difficult to catch these new stars in the act of igniting because they remain obscured by cloaks of dark dust. EGGs located near bright stars are elongated by winds of light and charged particles into what look like schools of celestial tadpoles.

The stars within the Eagle Nebula appear to be in an intermediate state. Stars within the Pillars and other dusty regions remain obscured, while a cluster of some 400 new stars clearly appears in a more transparent section of the nebula. The largest of these stars has a mass some 80 times that of our Sun and the luminosity of perhaps a million Suns. The cluster formed just 2 to 5 million years ago. The nebula itself is only slightly older.

The light we see from the Eagle Nebula and its associated stars left some 7,000 years ago, but some astronomers suspect the Pillars of Creation may have already been obliterated when a massive young star within the nebula detonated as a supernova. The Spitzer Space Telescope detected evidence of a patch of hot gas near the Pillars which may have been caused by such an event about 8,000 years ago. 
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►Pillars of creation (M16) in false color    

Credit:  Tommaso Massimo Stella (Italy)

Pillars of creation (M16) in false color
Lights: 900 x 20s @ 320 Gain, 284 Dark, 89 Bias, No Flat
Telescope: Skywatcher 200/800 Wide Photo
Camera: ZWO ASI 224mc
Mount: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT, No Autoguiding.
GPU Aplanatic coma corrector, Optolong L-Pro filter.
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CC, PixInsight    






►The Eagle Nebula

Credit: Jason Dain(US)

The Eagle Nebula (M16) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745–46.  The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the Pillars of Creation made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Eagle Nebula lies in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way.
The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 5700 light-years distant. A spire of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula in the northeastern part is approximately 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers long (Wikipedia).
Integration time: ~12 hrs evenly across SHO filters
Telescope: Skywatcher Esprit 100 ED APO 
Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI 2600MM Pro 
Guiding: Skywatcher EVOGuide Scope with ZWO ASI120MM camera
Filter: Optolong SHO 7/6.5nm
Mount: Skywatcher EQ6R-Pro
Calibration: Flats and flat darks 
Hardware Control: ASIAIR Pro, Pegasus Power Box and ZWO EAF
Processing: The selected images were pre-processed and processed using Pixinsight.
As always constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated. I am always looking for ways to improve my image capture and processing skills. Thanks for looking.     

An HOO rendition of my Eagle Nebula data.  This is about 8 hrs total (4 Ha, 4Oiii) using my Skywatcher Esprit 100, EQ6R-Pro mount and ZWO ASI2600MM camera with Optolong Narrowband Filters 6.5nm.  Processed in Pixinsight.






►M16 eagle nebula and the pillars of creation

Credit:  Alberto Vezzani (Italy)
Classic summer in the middle of the Milky Way!
Data :
Skywatcher 200/800 su Azeq6gt , guidato Con artesky 70/400 e asi 120mono con Asiair Pro . Scatti effettuati con ASI294MC Pro Color

50 x 120" Optolong UV/IR -20C° cut per rgb e stelle
37 x 360" Optolong L-Extreme -20C° per Ha e O3 






►The Eagle nebula

Credit:  Chuck’s Astrophotography(US)

The Eagle nebula is 7,000 light years from away.  And if we zoom in, we can still see the pillars of creation.
RedCat 51 telescope
ZWO ASI2600MM Pro camera
Optolong 3nm narrowband filters