Michael A. Stecker


The Scutum Star Cloud
Astronomer E.E. Barnard called the Scutum Star Cloud  "The Gem of the Milky Way". 
It is a "strawberry shaped" section of the Milky Way surrounded by dark nebulosity. 
Its northern tip of golden stars is located near the bight star Beta Scuti (at 11 o'clock). 
The open star cluster M11 can be seen on the left.  North is up.
Photographic data:  An Astro-Physics 130 mm f/6 EDF refractor and Pentax 6x7
camera were used with unhypered Kodak Pro 400 PPF film (120 format).  A
composite of two 40 minute exposures was made in the computer.