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Messier 11 (M11) the Wild Duck Cluster

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen ED80SF

Imaging camera: Canon 550D

Mount: CELESTRON Advanced VX

Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen Finderscope 9x50

Guiding camera: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider

Focal reducer: Orion Field Flattener for Short Refractors

Software: PixInsightPHD GuidingO'Telescope BackyardEOS

Resolution: 4000x2664

Dates: Aug. 4, 2013

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 26.89 days

Avg. Moon phase: 7.69%

Astrometry.net job: 155386

RA center: 282.766 degrees

DEC center: -6.354 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.932 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 176.073 degrees

Field radius: 1.290 degrees

Description

It's a bit difficult to find M11, the Wild Duck Cluster, among the thick cloud of stars in the constellation Scutum. It's an easy target to view in binoculars and small telescopes, and nearly as impressive as a globular cluster!

Image details:
10x240s ISO800 sub frames, 40 minutes total exposure time
40dark / 30flat / 107bias for calibration
Data acquired on 2013-08-04

Equipment:
Vixen ED80sf 80mm APO refractor
Celestron AdvancedVX mount
Orion SSAG autoguider + 50mm guide scope
Canon T2i 550D DSLR (Baader IR modded)
Orion Field Flattener

Software:
Image acquisition with BackyardEOS
Guiding with PHD
Calibration/alignment/integration and post-processing with PixInsight

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Author

Cory Schmitz
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