Alt. Designations: NGC 6694
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Scutum
Distance: 5 kly
Right Ascension: 18h 45m 18.0s
Declination: -09° 22´ 50"
Visual Magnitude: 8
Apparent Dimension: 10.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jun

Located in the constellation Scutum, M26 is a small galactic cluster of about 90 stars. It can be found only 3 1/2 degrees from its cousin, M11, but is not nearly as impressive. This cluster lies about 5,000 light-years from us and has a diameter of around 22 light-years. Its visual magnitude of 8 makes it less bright than most of the other galactic clusters. This cluster can easily be seen with binoculars, but a 4-inch refractor telescope will only resolve more of its fainter stars.