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The Milky Way Region M24

The Milky Way Region M24 or Sagittarius Star Cloud 星团 is in the constellation Sagittarius (Sgr).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 18h16.9m, Dec -18° 29'

Angular size: 90'
Number of stars: 100

Discoverer: Charles Messier, 1764 year.

The designation M24 in other catalogs: IC 4715

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M24, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about 10x-20x. 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 M24 is July.
For observers in the northern latitudes:The nights in July are still quite light, so it makes sense to try to observe M24 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.

Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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