The Wild Duck Cluster was first recorded in 1681 by Gottfried Kirch, and 83 years later entered into Messier's
catalog as Number 11 of faint comet-like objects. It is not the easiest cluster to find, lurking 6000 light years away
in the insignificant constellation Scutum. Yet, this object looks even more spectacular through a telescope than in
this image. A "rich open cluster" containing almost 3000 stars, of which about 500 are bright enough to dazzel
through a backyard telescope. The delta-shape orientation of the stars evokes the image of a flock of ducks, thus
the name "Wild Duck Cluster."
The brilliant distant suns sparkle against the black sky like a ....
Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly.....Into the light of the dark black night
Eighty one-minute exposures were combined as 40 Luminance, and 12,12,16 RGB, through a Celestron C8
reflector with a 0.67x reducer.
Music: Blackbird by The Beatles