(IAAC) Obj: M11 (Wild Duck Cluster) - Inst: 10" Newt, EQ mount, f4.5, 1140mm fl

Observer: Mark Paulson
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 08-25-00/22:30 MDT
Location of site: 30 mi W of Kalispell, MT (Lat 48.2, Elev 5140')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" Newt, EQ mount, f4.5, 1140mm fl
Magnification: 26mm Plossl (44X)
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M11 (Wild Duck Cluster)
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Sct
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Initially located (easily) in 12x50 binocs from star chart.  Star hopped to the
object without any difficulty.  "Stunningly beautiful open cluster" were my
exact words from my observation log.  Filled a full third of my 1-deg FOV. 
Observed a definate delta shape with one bright red star near the point of
the "V".  Dark backward "L" shaped void on west side.  Another pair of dark
voids, reminiscent of a shoe print (with a "heel" and a "sole") off towards the
east side of the "V" with the "heel" embedded in the main body of the cluster
and the "sole" extending northwards out of the main body.  A very impressive
jewel of a cluster.
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