wide field image of the area surrounding Messier
11, also known as the Wild Duck Cluster - an open
star cluster in the COnstellation Scutum.
At approximately 5500 light-years from Earth,
this cluster is believed to be relatively young -
estimated to be in the range of 220 million to 500
million years, with a recent calculation
indicating about 250 million years. In
closer images, the cluster has appeared to some
to resemble a flock of wild ducks. Not all
observers see the resemblance.
More information on the
Wild Duck Cluster can be found at:
A map shwoing the
location of the Wild Duck Cluster can be found here.
Medium: Fuji ISO 400 Sensia slide film
Telescope: 80mm (400 mm focal length)
Exposure: 40 minutes