The Wild Duck Star Cluster - M11 Open star cluster in Scutum Orion 8" f/4 Astrograph

Uploaded 10/3/16

 Well, I dont see a flock of "Wild Ducks" in my image, but it is still a very rich and fine cluster! This was taken last week during a break in the seemingly eternal monsoon we get in summer here in Arizona. This is a 15 minute total exposure time image, taken with the 8" f/3.9 with a Baader coma corrector. You can see the star images around the edges are not giant bird shapes - which is what I get If I dont use this corrector, but nice round stars. Guiding was a bit of a challenge for this shot, my Lunt refractor once again fell apart while in use and the entire focuser mechanism jammed. fortunately, I was able to just get it to focus, and locked it down for the rest of the night.
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Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Homemade GEM with Byers Starmaster Drive Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 3 x 5m Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6850 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS