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M26, Open Cluster in Scutum

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M26 (NGC 6694) Open Cluster 18h 45m 18s -09° 23′ 00″ Scutum +8.0 7.0 arcmins Overview Scutum’s most famous Messier sight is probably the Wild Duck Cluster, M11. It too is an open cluster that presents a splendid visual experience. M26 is the calmer, gentler sibling of …

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M56, Globular Cluster in Lyra

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M56 (NGC 6779) Globular Cluster 19h 16m 26s +30° 11′ 01″ Lyra +8.27 8.8 arcmins Overview Lyra’s most famous Messier object, indeed, one of the most famous of them all, is the Ring Nebula, M57. You can find our guide to seeing that here. This cluster, which …

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M12, Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M12 (NGC 6218) Globular Cluster 16h 47m 18s -01° 56′ 55″ Ophiuchus +6.69 16.0 arcmin Overview There are many globular clusters in the constellation of Ophiuchus, and we’ve previously provided guides on seeing M9, M10, and M19 (go to the Messier Objects section to find them – …

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