The Omega Nebula (M17) is an emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius, 5500 LY
from our solar system.  Also known as the Swan Nebula, this large cloud of gas and dust is
the birth place of new stars.  These energetic stars ionizethe surrounding Hydrogen gas,
which causes it to emit light.  Estimates suggest M17 is 50 LY across.       (Messier 17)

June 19, 2010
8" Astro-Tech RC, f/8
Canon Digital Rebel 500D / Modified (Hutech)
230 Minutes / 23x600s @ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski


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