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Messier 24

Matt Softich | 18 Sep, 2023 | 0 Comments | Return|
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This is a 1-hour integration of M24, also called the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud. It is located, naturally, in Sagittarius and is usually low on the horizon. It is also only 1 of 3 Messier objects which aren’t classified as deep sky objects. This star cloud is the densest concentration of individual stars that can be viewed with binoculars. It is even more impressive in a small telescope. This photo contains just over 8,000 stars and spans an area of the sky equal to 2 full moons. One of the cool features I was able to bring out are the dusk clouds, Barnard 92 and Barnard 93, which lay in our line of sight and block any stars behind from shining through. The whole complex is about 10,000 light years away and has a magnitude of 2.5, visible as a bright fuzzy patch with the naked eye.

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