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M 24

M 24

Drawing data

M 24 Sagittarius Star Cloud
NGC 6603 Sgr OC
NGC 6590 Sgr DF
IC 1283-4 Sgr DF
Sh2-37 Sgr DF
Barnard 92 Sgr DN
Barnard 93 Sgr DN
Date(s) of observation:
2002.06.14/15. Kerepes
2003.06.29/30. Ágasvár
2003.06.30/07.01. Ágasvár
2003.07.02/03. Ágasvár
2003.07.03/04. Ágasvár
2004.07.21/22. Ágasvár
2009.07.19/20. Ágasvár
Place(s) of observation:
Kerepes, Ágasvár
Telescope(s) used:
4" f/4 Newtonian (Dobson)
Enlargement(s) used:
16x (25mm Plössl)
Field size:
Author / Observer:
Peter Kiss


This has been my hardest-to-make drawing so far (2009). I couldn't remember the whole starfield because of the huge number of equally bright - faint - stars. Therefore after some time it was pretty hard to draw. Apart from the stars that can be drawn by position, a granular glow covers the whole star cloud. The dark nebulae are very spectacular in this glow: Barnard 92 and 93 and the long hockey stick shaped nebula starting from the star in the middle. The open cluster NGC 6603 is a tiny faint granular spot - a very spectacular little gem in this huge crowd of stars. A diffuse nebula complex attracts some attention at the southern side of the field: NGC 6590 is a small round and relatively bright reflexion nebula around a star. Next to it is IC 1283-4 and Sh2-37, a somewhat bigger and fainter group of emission nebulae. There is another tiny reflexion nebula (NGC 6589) which I did not see.

M 24 drawing inverted into positive.
M 24 drawing inverted into positive. Peter Kiss

The long gap in the dates of observation is partly due to my friends quitting deep-sky observation around 2003. I was drawing alone on the meadow and my mood subsided a bit as well. And then in the spring of 2009 I found again what was lost a couple of years before.

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