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Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum

Messier 26 is a Open Cluster in the Scutum constellation. Messier 26 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Messier 26
Open Cluster
Scutum
  • Messier 26 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 8.87, Messier 26 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 26

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 26 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

8
8.87

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of Messier 26

The following table reports Messier 26 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 26 is a visual representation of it.
6 arcmin
6 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 26

The image below is a photograph of Messier 26 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum star
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DSS2 image of Messier 26 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (6 arcmin) and minor (6 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 26

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 26 are provided in the following table:

18h 45m 19s
-09° 23’ 00”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 26 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum.

Finder chart Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum.

Rise ans set times of Messier 26 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 99.4°
Max altitude: 29.1°
Azimuth: 260.6°
Messier 26 - Open Cluster in Scutum is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom