Omega Nebula

The Omega Nebula, also known as the Swan NebulaCheckmark NebulaLobster Nebula, and the Horseshoe Nebula (catalogued as Messier 17 or M17 and as NGC 6618) is an H II region in the constellation Sagittarius.
The Omega Nebula is between 5,000 and 6,000 
light-years from Earth and it spans some 15 light-years in diameter. The cloud ofinterstellar matter of which this nebula is a part is roughly 40 light-years in diameter and has a mass of 30,000 solar masses. The total mass of the Omega Nebula is an estimated 800 solar masses.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Officina Stellare Veloce RH200
Imaging cameras: QSI 683WSG
Mounts: Skywatcher N-EQ6 pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Officina Stellare Veloce RH200
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Software: PixInsight, Maxim DL
Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm Tru-Balance, Astrodon OIII
Accessories: Finger Lake Instruments Atlas Focuser
Dates: Aug. 16, 2014, Aug. 17, 2014
Astrodon Ha 3nm Tru-Balance: 14×600″
Astrodon OIII: 6×600″
Integration: 3.3 hours

Author: Davide Manca
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 04 Sep 2014