English Name: The Shield
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Sagittarius and Serpens.
Visible between latitudes: +70 and -90 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer & Winter
Best seen in: August
Seen between: June and September
Right Ascension (RA): 19 hour
Declination (DEC): -10 degrees
Area (square degrees): 475 (84th)
Scutum (The Shield)
- Scutum is not a large constellation that lies just south of the celestial equator in a rich area of Milky-Way.
- This constellation has some of the brightest star clouds of the Milky-Way, and has 15 Open Clusters there.
- M11 – Open Cluster;also known as The Wild Duck Cluster – readily clearly visible with binoculars and magnificent object with large telescopes; one of the most compact of all the Open Clusters.
- M26 – Open Cluster; fairly loose, so it is not an easy object with small telescopes.
Features of Interest
- NGC 6712 – Globular Cluster; detectable with 4-inch telescope, but still poorly resolved with 8-inch telescopes.
- R Scuti – yellow supergiant and variable star; changing from magnitude +5.7 to magnitude +8.4 and back over period of about five months, about 1º degree northwest of the Wild Duck Cluster (M11).
- Photo of the constellation; Scutum, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Scutum
- List of stars in Scutum.
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