Messier 26 - You've never seen so many stars in one photo!

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Featured on Flickr's Explore Page - May 7, 2020

Messier 26 is an open cluster in the constellation Scutum. We decided to spend just about one hour imaging this object after being done with M59/M60 and packing up for the night. We picked M26 completely at random as we often like to squeeze in and photograph a "boring cluster" as a way to end most nights. Well.. this one wasn't as "boring" as we expected!

As you can see below, the cluster itself is not that impressive, but look at all these stars! There are thousands and thousands of stars visible in this field of view, and, as we'll show you later in this post, the original stacked image looked like a photo full of noise.

M26 is best photographed in Summer. Read our guide on the 15 best Astrophotography targets for Summer if you need some inspiration about what to image next!

Messier 26