Messier 11 Wild Duck Cluster


2005 August 6th  from my back garden in Leigh on Sea, Essex, UK
Televue TVNP101 100mm APO refractor 540mm fl.
Sbig ST4 autoguider
Starlight Xpress HX916 CCD camera
True Tech RGB colour filters and IDAS light pollution reduction filter
LRGB image total 43 mins L13mins 1x1, R10mins 1x1, G10mins 1x1, B10mins 1x1 all 200 second sub exposures.

North is to the left of this image. Dark obscuring nebulae can be seen to the North and South of M11. The outer region of a vast dark dust cloud of Barnard 111 can be seen to the North (left) of M11. B111 is the dark bay that extends south from the rift in the Milky way into the northern part of the Scutum Star cloud.

The weather forecast for the night was wrong and the it turned out to be much clearer than expected.

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