Object Type: Open Cluster
RA: 18h 18m 26s
Dec: -18° 24' 21"
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm
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The Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24, lies slightly more than halfway from γSct to μ Sgr.
What You Should See:
M24 is a bright patch of light that is easily visible to the naked eye and, from southern England, has even been mistaken for a cloud on the horizon! Even small compact binoculars begin to reveal detail and it is a remarkably good object in 10×50s. Look for the open cluster NGC 6603 (an object to which the designation M24 is often falsely ascribed) as a brighter patch in the NE of the cloud.
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