Faulkes Telescope Observations

Eagle Nebula

Eagle Nebula. Images obtained using the Faulkes Telescope North, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory. Click on image to enlarge.

We submitted a request to the 2m telescope at Siding Spring to observe the Helix Nebula and the 2m telescope at Haleakala to observe the Eagle Nebula on the 15th of September. When we received the pictures, our picture of the Helix Nebula was faded and the picture of the Eagle Nebula wasn't like the ones we had seen of it on the internet. But then we decided to add colour to the Eagle Nebula using DS9 which allowed us to use three pictures of the Nebula all at once, this helped to make the picture look better, we were only expecting to change the colour of the stars that was in the picture but when we added red we were surprised to see that we had a picture of the Pillars of Creation and a lot more stars. We also got a good picture of C/2013 A1 Siding Spring which is a comet that will pass very close to Mars and its tail will pass through Mars' atmosphere on the 19th October. We had submitted requests to observe other Nebulae and comets, not all of the pictures were taken but we obtained some other comets and near Earth asteroids.

We would like to thank the Faulkes Telescope Project and Las Cumbres Observatory for giving us this telescope time and making these observations possible.

Matthew and Marc Devlin

2014 September 19th

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Last Revised: 2014 September 19th