Messier 17 (Sagittarius)

Object image
Fig.1 - The nebula with too many names: Messier 17 (Omega Nebula, Horseshoe Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, Swan Nebula, Lobster Nebula) in Sagittarius, photographed with a 16-inch f/4.5 Dob on an equatorial platform.
Object name: Constellation: Coordinates: Apparent size: Visual brightness:
Messier 17
(cluster = NGC 6618)
Sagittarius 18h20m / -16°11' 11' 6.0 mag

The H II region Messier 17 ("Omega nebula", "Swan nebula") in the constellation Sagittarius. Messier 17 is between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth, spans some 15 light-years in diameter, and is considered one of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy. Its local geometry is similar to the Orion Nebula except that it is viewed edge-on rather than face-on. Messier 17 was discovered by Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Lois de Chéseaux in 1745 (source: Wikipedia).

Twenty-five 3-minute exposures (75 minutes total exposure) at gain 100, taken on July 11 / 12, 2021, were added for this shot with Astro Pixel Processor (APP) software and the final image processing was done in Photoshop. Darks, flats, and darkflats were used.

Equipment: Cooled ASI 2600MC Pro camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system.

Search chart
Fig.2 - Search chart for Messier 17. Map © 2021 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here.