Waid Observatory

Object: M26

Date: Sep. 5, 2021    -    Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: RC-10 inch   Camera: Apogee Alta F8300M   Mount: Paramount MX
Exposure:   LRGB = 12 X 3 min. Bin 1 x 1 each - Total exposure = 144 min.

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M26 1,2

Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764

M26, also cataloged NGC 6694, is an open cluster approximately 5160 light-years distance located in the constellation Scutum.  The cluster is estimated to be about 90 million years in age.  This is relatively young for an astronomical object.  Many of the member stars are young, hot, blue stars that are relatively tightly packed.  The cluster spans a radius of about 22 light years.


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