M17 (ngc6618) the Swan, an emission nebula in Sagittarius.

Color of M17, the Swan nebulae in Sagittarius.

Right Ascension = 18 : 20 : 8 (h:m:s), Declination = -16:11 (deg:m)
Magnitude =7, Size = 11 arc minutes, Distance 7 thousand light years (kly)
This color image is made up 10xR,10xG,12xB and 10 Luminance at one minute each track and accumulated. A combined total of 42 minutes. The image was DDP'd and medium sharped in CCDOPS v5.2, level tweaked and Luminance added in PaintShop Pro v6. There is no guideing. This is a f1.95 fastar image. September 28, 2002.

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