Messier 11 AKA The Wild Duck Cluster

The Wild Duck Cluster AKA M11 is an open cluster in the constellation Scutum. It was discovered by Gottfried Kirch in 1681. Charles Messier included it in his catalogue in 1764.

The Wild Duck Cluster is one of the richest and most compact of the known open clusters, containing about 2900 stars. Its age has been estimated to about 250 million years. Its name derives from the brighter stars forming a triangle which could resemble a flying flock of ducks (or, from other angles, one swimming duck).

This is a RGB image taken at Harold Campbell in the Florida Everglades. 10x300xRGB. Processed with Pixinsignt and Photoshop 

A few more images from last night. These 2 were we taken with my new Star Adventure from Sky Watcher USA. A small EQ mount used to track stars for DSLR cameras. These 2 images were 30 second exposures with my Sigma f2.8 15mm fish-eye lens, absolutely zero star trails at 30 seconds. I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase . In the first image Mars the the bright red object in the center of the frame. In the second Mars is to the left is and Jupiter is setting to the right. 


Scope: SVA 130EDT with reducer/flattener

Mount: Atlas Pro with Polmaster

Tripod: iOptron TriPier

Guiding: Borg 50mm with Orion Star-shoot

Camera: sBig STF-8300m with FW8 filter wheel

Filters: Baader 32mm LRGB, HA,SII,OIII


Processing: Maxim,PixInsight,Photoshop: in that order

Acquisition: SGP