Earth, Sky & Sea Constellations


The Shield

Deep Sky Objects

Name/DesignationRight AscensionDeclinationTypeMagnitudeSizeDistanceDate LocationInstrumentEyepieceFilterNotes
NGC666418:36.7-08 13Open Cluster7.816'4.2KLYSeptember 27 1997Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslAdjacent to alpha-Scutum. Very loose. About a dozen stars in a 'boot' shape.
NGC668218:39.6-04 46Open Cluster/Star CloudJuly 20 2020Culburra 400mm f4.5 Dobsonian8-24mmBaaderZoomListed variously as cluster or star cloud. At the position indicated by my Argo Navis computer I see a small smattering of stars. Slightly north there is a rich star field. Notes in Issue 96 of Australian Sky & Telescope page 54 describe an 'absorption hole ...[that] absorbs light from background stars' through which we see NGC6682. Interesting.
NGC6694; M2618:45.2-09 24Open Cluster8.015'4.9KLYSeptember 27 1997Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslSmall clutch of stars; four of them form a somewhat 'Southern Cross' shape.
NGC670418:50.8-05 12Open Cluster9.26.0'5.9KLYJuly 20 2020Culburra 400mm f4.5 Dobsonian8-24mmBaaderZoomA small, distinct cluster that magnifies to resolve apabout 20 stars in a rough number 2 shape.
NGC6705; M11; Wild Duck Cluster18:51.1-06 16Open Cluster5.814'5.5KLYAugust 2 1997Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslSwasticka-shaped small, compressed cluster.
NGC6705; M11; Wild Duck Cluster18:51.1-06 16Open Cluster5.814'5.5KLYJuly 20 2020Culburra 400mm f4.5 Dobsonian8-24mmBaaderZoomA wonderful large and rich cluster with a bright field star at the apparent centre. Zooming in shows more and more detail. The main block of stars is squarish.
NGC671218:53.1-08 42Globular Cluster8.27.2'25KLYAug 7 2004Jerrara Dam 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian9.7mmSPLarge and very bright. Slight change in brightness from centre outwards.
Earth, Sky & Sea Constellations