M24 is "The Small Sagittarius Star Cloud". Its found in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer), has a magnitude of 4.6, and a size of 90 arc-minutes. It is 10,000 light years away. It contains the open cluster NGC 6603, (lower left of center) and two Dark Nebula; B92 (on the right) and B93 (left of B92).
The image above was taken with the ST-8E camera at f/5 on the new FSQ 106N and AP900 from Mistletoe Observatory in Monmouth Oregon Aug 11, 2007. It is an RGB composite (as detailed below) with a total exposure time of 64 min. Calibration and alignment were done in MaxIm DL. Final processing was done with Photoshop.
|Red||16 min||5 x 2 min||1x1|
|Green||16 min||8 x 2 min||1x1|
|Blue||32 min||8 x 4 min||1x1|