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Sh 2-17 is part of the Sh 2-15 to Sh 2-20 complex of HII regions located in the Sgr OB5 association in the Sagittarius arm.

There are no papers suggesting ionising stars for Sh 2-17 and there are no OB stars in this direction in the Reed OB star catalog either. However, the infrared cluster [DB2000] 58 appears to be embedded in the nebula and may contain the ionising stars.