Exposure: L = 80 min 1x1, H alpha filter.
Date: July 12 2010.
The correct designation for this object is Sharpless 2-86. That is the emission nebula in which these interesting column formations are found. Although many amateurs refer to this area as NGC 6820 as I have here, that object is actually a small nebula that isn't even in this image (off to the upper-right).
These columns remind me of the 'Pillars of Creation' in the Eagle Nebula (M 16) and the 'elephant trunk-like' column in the neck of the Pelican nebula (IC 5067). That column has a Herbig-Haro object at its eastern end. I wonder if anyone has examined the area just at the end of the large column here for a similar object?
© Don Scott
The Holin A. Grotch Observatory
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