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Messier 11,
The Wild Duck Cluster (also known as Messier 11, or NGC 6705) is an open clusterin the constellation Scutum. It was discovered by Gottfried Kirch in 1681. Charles Messierincluded it in his catalogue in 1764.

Constellation Scutum
Right ascension 18h 51.1m
Declination −06° 16′
Distance 6,200 ly (1,900 pc)
Apparent magnitude (V)6.3

Apparent dimensions (V)14.0′

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).(Wikipedia)

DAY: Sunday    DATE: 28/8/16   TIME: 22:00
SCOPE: Dob 10px Sky-Watcher F.L.1200/4.7 
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