Alt. Designations: NGC 6705
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Scutum
Distance: 6 kly
Right Ascension: 18h 51m 05.0s
Declination: -06° 16´ 12"
Visual Magnitude: 5.8
Apparent Dimension: 11.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jun

Located in the constellation Scutum, M11 has been described as one of the richest and most compact open clusters. This cluster lies 6,000 light-years from Earth and has a diameter of about 21 light-years. It is composed of more than 2,900 stars, 600 of which have a visual magnitude brighter than 15. To some, the shape of the cluster resembles that of a flock of flying ducks. This has helped it to earn the name, Wild Duck Cluster. This is an easy target to locate with a pair of binoculars.