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M17, also known as the Swan Nebula or the Omega Nebula is approximately 4700 light years distant.

Image acquired using SBIG St-10XME camera with Astrodon filter set through 12" Meade Lx-200 GPS telescope with Celestron .63x reducer.

60 minutes of Luminance, 1x1 Binning.

20 minutes each of Red, Green and Blue, 2x2 Binning.

Five minute sub-frames.