Starshoot DSCI, 18 exposures, 30s each 9/25/08 Lake San Antonio, CA
M16 contains both an open cluster and the Eagle nebula, including the "pillars of creation" from the famous Hubble picture. Visually, we saw the open cluster and some faint glow from the nebula, but did not spot the pillars. Perhaps we could try again, now that we know what to look for...
ST-4000XCM, 2100s total exposure 7/7/13 Adin, CA
M16 contains both an open cluster and the Eagle nebula, including the "pillars of creation" that are well known from the famous Hubble picture. This was an attempt to obtain a larger image using the new camera. Visually, the faint glow of the nebula was easily seen under the dark skies at Adin, but I still could not detect the pillars visually. I hope we'll get to see this through a large telescope someday.