The Binocular Sky


M11 (NGC 6705, Wild Duck Cluster)

Constellation: Sct
Object Type: Open Cluster
RA:  18h 51m 6s
Dec:  -6° 16' 0"
Magnitude: 5.8
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

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M11 is 2° to the SE of the 4th magnitude β Scuti.

What You Should See:

In 10×50 binoculars, the cluster is seen as a bright wedge-shaped glow of light. Although they will not resolve the vee-shape of brighter stars that gives this cluster of a thousand or so stars its common name, the cluster is still one of the better objects for this size of binoculars. Also worth enjoying in this region of sky is the denser part of the Milky Way that forms the Scutum Star Cloud as a backdrop to this cluster.