M24 = Little Sagittarius Star Cloud ( 18h16.9m -18°29´, 4.5 mag. )
This star cloud of Milky Way in Sagittarius is easily visible with unaided eye SW of Scutum Star Cloud and was catalogued by Messier on June 20, 1764. m Sagittarii right corresponds to the bright blue-white star near the lower right corner (see Sagittarius map as well as a more detailed finder chart below).
The above image was taken in May 1996 during Texas Star Party near Fort Davis, TX. Piggybacked 135mm f2.8 telephoto lens was used for this guided 12 min. exposure on Ektachrome P1600 slide film. Swan Nebula (M17) is visible in the upper left corner of this image.
North is toward upper left corner.
Map created in Guide 7.0 - 7°45' x 7°45'. North is up.
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© Jan Wisniewski