Equipment and other photo info:
Date: May 23th, 2009
Location: Petrova gora (Croatia)
Canon 300D + Canon 70-200mm f/4L @ 135mm f/5.6 18x480sec @ ISO800
Guiding with Maksutov 90/1250 + QHY5 guiding camera (PHD Guiding)
Mount: EQ6 Vis upgraded to EQ6 SynScan
Processing software: DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight LE, Photoshop CS4
There are several parts of the Milky Way where no dust blocks our view, the Scutum Star Cloud is one of those. E. Barnard called this region the “Gem of the Milky Way”. The large galactic star cluster at the center of the image is M11, the Wild Duck Cluster. It is situated at the northern edge of the star cloud.