M17 the Swan Nebula also known as the Omega Nebula and ( NGC 6618) It is an H II region in the constellation Sagittarius. M17 is between 5,000 and 6,000 LY from Earth.

 Taken on a home moded Canon20d thru a 152mm f8 four element " INTANE OPTICS" Super APO refractor.

Takahashi NJP Temma II mount and The Sky Six Pro. Autoguider is DSI Pro and Mitsuboshi Off Axis Guider thanks to PHD and Shoe String Astro.

No filters apart from LP front filter. 6 x 10 minute exposures at 800ASA.

Processing with Images Plus and Paint Shop Pro.

Taken from Onerahi, Whangarei New Zealand in July 2007.