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The large bright section of the Milky Way in the center of this picture is known as the Scutum Star Cloud because it is found in the small constellation Scutum, the shield.  It is one of the brightest sections of the Milky Way, and it is easy to see with the naked eye on a clear summer night from a dark location.  The small, very bright patch to the left of center is Messier 11, the Wild Duck Cluster.  The two images following this one are other views of the summer Milky Way, all taken with the same equipment on a clear July night from the shore of Lake Champlain in St. Albans Bay, Vermont. 

Image details:  10-minute exposure on Kodak Ektar 1000 film using a Canon camera and an Aero-Ektar lens with a focal length of 178 mm. 

July 1992