Open star cluster M11
Open star cluster M11 or Wild Duck star cluster is in the constellation Scutum (Sct).
Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 18h 51.1m, Dec -06° 16'
Visual magnitude: 7,0m
Distance to the star clusters M11 to the Sun is 6120 light years
Angular size: 13'
External dimensions the star clusters M11 are about 23 light years.
Number of stars: 2900
Age of the object M11 is 250x106 years
Discoverer: Gottfried Kirch a Maria Margarethe Kirch, 1681 year.
The designation M11 in other catalogs: NGC 6705
Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M11, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about 0.4D-0.8D. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M11 is July.
For observers in the northern latitudes:
The nights in July are still quite light, so it makes sense to try to observe M11 also in August.
The first half of August is also not very dark, in addition the object will be at midnight not at its highest point,
which provides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the difference is not so noticeable.
And already in the second half of August the night sky becomes quite dark for observations (although in September it will more darker).
The farther south the place of your observation is located, the earlier the sky will darken - both in time on the clock and on the calendar.
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