The Wild Duck Cluster (M11)
Photographed by Scott Davis on July 8, 2013
From Golden State Star Party
The Wild Duck Cluster, also catalogued as M11 and NGC6705, is a beautiful open cluster in the constellation Scutum. It is unique in that it is relatively small yet very dense compared to other open clusters. It contains approximately 2,900 member stars and lies at a distance of 6,200 light years from Earth.
Canon EOS 60D
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Camera settings were ISO 1600 with 45-second exposures. A total of 40 light frames, 15 dark frames, and 50 each of flat, dark flat, and bias frames were stacked to create this final image.
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