Wild Duck Cluster: Open clusters are gravitationally bound groups of relatively young stars from our galaxy. This is why they occur in many different arrangements and patterns and incite the phantasy of the observers to link them to something we know from our daily life. This beautiful dense cluster looks from some perspective and magnification like wild ducks in flight.

It is one of the densest and most compact open clusters in Milky Way with close to 3000 member stars. The cluster is also located in a very bright part of the galaxy, called the  Scutum Star Cloud. That is why you can see so many back- and foreground stars around. For an even larger view click here.


Object Wild Duck Cluster
Category Open Clusters
Designation M 011
Constellation Scutum
Optics TMB 130 f/6
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 10 x 5min, IDAS LPS, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration No Dark- and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software: Maxim DL
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 15 July 2007
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