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M6 is a bright open cluster that is easily visible to the naked eye, located on the left side of this image. It is located about 1,600 light-years from our solar system. The cluster's shape resembles a butterfly, so it is also known as the Butterfly Cluster. The small open cluster NGC 6838 is below center. Above and to its left is the HII region Sh2-13, and at upper right is the HII region Sh2-13.
102-ED/TS Optics field flattener/STL-11000M/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME