M26 - NGC 6694
DSS image of M26
Overlaid DSS image of M26, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around M26
Bode 59, h 3758, GC 4432, Mel 212, Cr 389, Lund 858

Type  Open Cluster
Magnitude  8
Size  15'
Right Ascension  18h 45'  (2000)
Declination  9° 22' S
Constellation  Scutum
Description  Cl, cL, pRi, pC, st12..15
Classification  I 1 m
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Jul 19, 2020    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 81x

A bright clump in a rich galactic starfield, conspicuous, bright, partially resolved, a fan shaped body with the 7th magnitude HD173348 at the western apex

Andrew Cooper
Jun 24, 2020    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 61x

A conspicuous clump in a very rich galactic starfield, a handful of brighter members embedded in a haze of faint stars, small, bright, partially resolved, the magnitude 9.2 HD173348 is the brightest star near the center

Andrew Cooper
Apr 19, 2012    Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

A poor cluster, sparse, a few dozen members arranged in clumps across a 10' region

Andrew Cooper
Jun 28, 1998    Santa Rita Mts., AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

In the Milky Way, I expected more than this small group of stars, setting circles confirm the correct identification

John Herschel
May 27, 1835    

Pretty rich; irregularly round; pretty well insulated; not much compressed toward the middle; 10' diameter; stars from 12th to 15th magnitude; one of 9m taken.

Charles Messier
Jun 20, 1764    

A cluster near Eta and Omicron in Antinous [now α and δ Scuti], between which there is another one of more brightness: with a telescope of 3.5-foot one cannot distinguish them, one needs to employ a good instrument. This cluster contains no nebulosity."
- Connaissance des Temps, 1781

Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)

Coarse cl.
- Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, T. W. Webb, 1917
Other Data Sources for M26
Associated objects for M26
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Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.

NGC & IC object notes from Harold Corwin licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Additional supplementary material for NGC and IC catalog objects from Courtney Seligman with non-commercial use allowed, found at https://cseligman.com