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M 11  (NGC 6705),  The  Wild  Duck  Cluster, 

in  Scutum

    M11, an open cluster in the constellation Scutum, is an unusually dense example of its type. Open clusters are often much more diffuse and open. The name "wild duck" was given this cluster because in some views, the lower left edge looks like a V-shaped group of ducks in flight. This cluster is about 6200 light years distant from Earth and with an estimated population of 48,000 stars is more populous than some globular clusters.

Date  2001-06-19
Scope  Astro-Physics 130 EDF at f6 on A-P 1200GTO mount; ST-4 guiding             
Exposure  One, unhypered Supra 400, 60 minutes with IDAS filter      
Processing   Stretched and unsharp masked in PhotoShop  

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