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M11, the Wild Duck Cluster, is a circular group of more than 1000 stars.  The brightest stars resemble a wedge-shaped cluster of flying ducks when viewed at low power.  This is a rich, compact cluster that is considered the most rewarding of the open clusters by many.  The image below was shot through haze from Alaskan forest fires carried down by a "cold front" in summer.

 Wild Duck Cluster M11
 (Click image to enlarge)

m11.jpg

 Object Details:  
 
 Type:  Open Cluster
 Constellation:  Scutum
 Distance:  6000 light-years
 Size:  20+ light-years

 Image Details:
  
 Date:  July 19, 2004
 Site:  Harahan, LA (hazy skies)
 Exposure:  CCD, 5 x 2 min.

 Filters:  Orion SkyGlow LPR
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  10" Meade LX200
 Reducer:  Meade f/4.3
 CCD:  Starlight Express MX7C
 Autoguider:  S.T.A.R. 2000