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(IAAC) Obj: M 11 (Wild Duck Nebula) - Inst: Bresser 4.8 inch refractor, EQ5 mount



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Observation Poster: Steven H. Yaskell <steven.yaskell@wtnord.net>
Observer: Steven H. Yaskell
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: August 26, 2004: 2110 UT
Location of site: Stockholm, sweden (Lat 59 N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4-5 <Bortle Scale (9 worst)>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Bresser 4.8 inch refractor, EQ5 mount
Magnification: x40, x80 x100, x158
Filter(s): Deep Sky
Object(s): M 11 (Wild Duck Nebula)
Category: Open cluster.
Class: Galactic star cloud
Constellation: Scutum
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA 18:50  DEC -6:
Description:
At x40 (25mm 2.5 inch lens)the mass of the cluster (west) slightly (gas cloud) triangular with no individual stars in this mass except one.
At x80 (10mm) the "city of light" (west) starts to emerge as if to see a small chain on stars heading n-s. Two larger stars now discernible. Individual masses of stars seen to south below the pair.
At x100 (10mm) the "city of light" (west) takes on more star mass definition. An "alley" of gaseous glow sprinkled with stars running n-s appears east of the two main stars in the "city." 
At x158 the entire stucture starts to show gas surrounding the edifice, in webs. The west portion starts to look like a horseshoe or a two-pronged exclamation mark. 
This object at my Alaska-high observing spot is low in the sky, toward the SW nadir (just over rooftops). Stockholm sheds a lot of light to the south of me. Best reached by finding the "coat hanger head" of Gamma Aquilae and Eta Scuti and following them west, SW.
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