Constellation tour in Summer
Scutum (The Shield)

Date & Time: May 18 2001, 25:43 JST(+0900), 20min. Exp.
Optical: MD Rokkor f=50mm F1.4, Aperture: F3.5, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with Kenko SKYMEMO Equatorial
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
Scutum, the Shield, is a minor constellation found just north of Milky Way in Sagittarius. Although the shape of constellation itself is not very obvious, you can be fascinated with the beauty of the Milky Way in that with binoculars.
J. Hevelius, a Polish astronomer, invented the constellation. The constellation had the proper name of Scutum Sobieskii. Jan Sobieski was the king of Poland. He repulsed the Turks that tried to attack Vienna in 1683. Hevelius commemorated this event with the inclusion of Scutum Sobieskii in summer sky in 1690.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

M11 .....High-densed Open Cluster near the boundary on Aquila
M26 .....Compact open cluster bathed in the Small-Star Clound
NGC6712 .....Medium sparce globular cluster at 4deg. east of alpha Sct
Around Star Cloud in Scutum .....Star field of Milky Way & dark nebulae around M11

Corona Austrina


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