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M17
The Swan Nebula

Photographs by Matthew T. Russell

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Messier Number:
M17

NGC Number:
NGC 6618

Common Name:
The Swan Nebula
The Omega Nebula
The Lobster Nebula

Constellation:
Sagittarius

Distance from Earth:
~5,000 Light Years

Visual Magnitude:
7.0

Size:
11.0 arc minutes

M17, The Swan Nebula

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Date Taken:
9/11/2004

Location:
Black Forest, CO

Equipment:
16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien
Bisque Paramount ME
SBIG 10XME
SBIG CFW-8a
SBIG AO-7

Exposure Specs:
110 minutes total
Lum: 6x10 min
Red: 3x5 min
Grn: 3x5 min
Blu: 4x5 min

Processed with:
MaximDL v3
Adobe Photoshop CS

Copyright 2004, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.