Bill Keel has obtained this color image of star cloud M24 and its surroundings, extracted from a 30-minute exposure on Ektachrome 400 taken from Cerro Tololo, Chile (and scanned at fairly high density), using a Canon 50mm lens wide open at f/1.8 . North is at the top in this view, which spans an area about 9 degrees square. Besides M24, the following Messier objects are visible in this image: Diffuse nebula M17 (the Omega Nebula) and open star cluster M18 above (north of) the left (eastern) end of the star cloud, open clusters M23 at the right (western) and M25 at the right (eastern) edge of this image, as well as the diffuse Trifid Nebula M20 and open cluster M21 in the lower right (SE). Close investigation of M24 reveals that some details of this region can just be recognized in this image, in particular the dark clouds Barnard 92 and 93.
Last Modification: 27 Jun 1998 17:00 MET