• Constellation: Sagittarius
  • Right Ascension: 18h 20m 26s
  • Declination: −16° 10′ 36″
  • Distance: 5000+ ly

Messier 17 or often called the Omega nebula or Swan nebula due to its appearance visually in a telescope. A massive nebula and star forming region located in the constellation of Sagittarius with the dense cluster of stars of the Milky Way Galaxy in the background. The nebula spans some 15 light years in diameter and lies at a distance of some 5000+ light years. It is similar to the more famous Orion nebula.

  • Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600 MM