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Open star cluster M16

Open star cluster M16 or Eagle nebula is in the constellation Serpens (Ser).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):18h18.8m, Dec (δ):-13° 47'

Visual magnitude: 6,5m
Distance from the star clusters M16 to the Sun is 5600 light years
Angular size: 21'
External dimensions the star clusters M16 are about 35 light years.
Number of stars: 376
Age of the object M16 is 2—6x106 years

Discoverer: Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, 1745-1746 year.

The designation M16 in other catalogs: NGC 6611

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M16, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/4. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.

The best month for observing M16 is July. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

For observers in the northern latitudes:The nights in July are still quite light, so it makes sense to try to observe M16 also in August.
The first half of August is also not very dark, in addition the object will be at midnight not at its highest point,which provides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the difference is not so noticeable. And already in the second half of August the night sky becomes quite dark for observations (although in September it will more darker).The farther south the place of your observation is located, the earlier the sky will darken - both in time on the clock and on the calendar.

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Nikolay Kurdyapin, kosmoved.ru  

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