Enchanted Skies


M17 - The Omega Nebula (Imaged near Ft. Davis, TX)

M17 - The Omega Nebula Map of region near M17


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The Omega Nebula goes by many names, depending on who observed it when and what they thought they saw. Other names include the Swan Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula and even the Lobster Nebula. The object has also been catalogued as Messier 17 (M17) and NGC 6618. The nebula is located about 6500 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer).

The colourful gas and dark dust in the Omega Nebula serve as the raw materials for creating the next generation of stars.

This object was imaged at the 2014 Texas Star Party.

Clicking the above image will bring up a higher resolution image.


Celestron C11 (carbon fiber tube)

Canon T2i
Misc. Optics:
Giant Easy Guider (f/6.3)
22 x 3 minutes @ iso 1600
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

Home           Galleries          Nebulae

Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)