Wild Duck Cluster (M11)

Globulars or Open, clusters of stars can be neat viewing.
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Christopher K.
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Wild Duck Cluster (M11)

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The WIld Duck Cluster is 6000 light years distant in the constellation Scutum. About 500 of its stars are brighter than magnitude 14. It is about 220 million years old. It glows in Earth's sky at magnitude 6.3.

The Wild Duck also has the designation NGC 6705.

More information:
https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclope ... ck_Cluster
http://www.messier.seds.org/m/m011.html
Christopher K.
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Re: Wild Duck Cluster (M11)

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Phil Harrington's "Binocular Universe" column in the June Astronomy (page fourteen) pays a touching tribute to Walter Scott Houston. Harrington covers the three celestial objects mentioned in Houston's first "Deep-Sky Wonders' column back in 1946.

The easiest of these three targets to obtain is M11. Harrington recommends following the three-star arc of Lambda Aquilae, 12 Aquilae and Eta Scuti.
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