M11  NGC 6205
The Wild Duck cluster

Object Type Open Cluster
Constellation Scutum
Magnitude 5.8
Size 11.0' x 11.0'

Located in Scutum, M11 is a beautiful and very compact open cluster of moderately bright stars, that is a fine object in the telescope. M11 is commonly known as the "Wild Duck" cluster as in a small telescope, the outline of the brighter stars resembles a flight of ducks.

Film Images

45 minutes exposure, Fuji Super HG II 400 film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

30 minutes exposure, Fuji Superia 400 film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

The photograph above was taken during the total phase of the lunar eclipse of July 16, 2000. This eclipse was one of the longest ever and was also very dark, enabling plenty of time for deep-sky viewing as well as for the eclipse!

DSLR Images

Combination of 10, 3 minute images using red, green and blue filters.
SBIG ST9-XE CCD. 5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.