In my humble opinion, one of the most spectacular of all open clusters is M-11, the Wild Duck Cluster. Although it lies in one of the richest parts of the Milky Way (the Scutum Starcloud, to be exact) it is a hundred times denser in stars than the surrounding area. It is a trinagular fan-shaped patch, a cloud of faint stars. There is a ninth magnitude star at the apex of the cluster. The cluster is barely visible to the naked eye.
|OTHER NAMES:||M-11 (Wild Duck Cluster)|
|NUMBER OF STARS:||~ 200|
|DISTANCE:||5650 light years|
|POSITION:||18h 49m -06d 18'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||09/28/75|