As it gets closer to summer we see the welcome return of the bright nebula. This is a narrow band image of Messier 16, processed in the Hubble palette that closely matches the famous Pillars of Creation Hubble picture of this area. This image has a long way to go to get more detail and reduce noise. So far I have 15.1 hours of exposure taken on May 29 through June 14, 2015. You can compare this latest image to one of my older photos taken in visible light in 2010. I’m hoping to get at least 15-20 hours total exposure on this object. Click on the image for a closer view.