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Deep Sky Objects in Ophiucus, the Serpent Holder
Here is a listing of the brightest Deep Sky Objects in Ophiucus, the Serpent Holder, down to about magnitude 12.
The table is sorted by NGC number. If an IC or Messier number is associated with the object it is also noted.
Each entry will have a link to the Simbad and Aladin databases for further information. Click on the NCG/IC/Messier number to access these databases. There are also links to the Digitized Sky Survey site which has images taken in red light. These very detailed images are each 14x14 arc-seconds wide and are about 300k in size. For more about the Digitized Sky Survey click HERE.

Click HERE for an ETX tour.

NGC IC Messier Type Size
(arc sec)
Mag RA Dec DSS Other Name or comments
6384     Galaxy 5.8/3.8 11.2 17:32.4 07:04 X  
6304     GC 6.8 10 17:14.5 29:28 X  
6254   10 GC 15.1 7.5 16:57.1 04:06 X  
6218   12 GC 14.5 8 16:47.2 01:58 X  
6402   14 GC 11.7 9.5 17:37.6 03:17 X  
6273   19 GC 13.5 8.5 17:02.6 26:16 X  
6266   62 GC 14.1 8 17:01.2 30:07 X  
6171   107 GC 10 10 16:32.5 13:02 X  
6235     GC 5 11 16:53.4 22:11 X  
6284     GC 5.6 10.5 17:04.5 24:46 X  
6287     GC 5.1 11 17:05.2 22:42 X  
6333   9 GC 9.3 9 17:19.2 18:31 X  
6293     GC 7.9 9.5 17:10.2 26:35 X  
6316     GC 4.9 10 17:16.6 28:08 X  
6342     GC 3 11.5 17:21.2 19:35 X  
6355     GC 5 9.5 17:24.0 26:21 X  
6356     GC 7.2 9.5 17:23.6 17:49 X  
6366     GC 8.3 12 17:27.7 05:04 X  
6401     GC 5.6 9.5 17:38.6 23:55 X  
  4665   OC ??? 4.2 17:46.3 05:43 X  
6633     OC 27 5.5 18:27.5 06:34 X  
6572     PN 0.1 9.5 18:12.1 06:50 X  
  4634   PN ??? 11 17:01.6 21:50 X  
6309     PN 1.1 11.5 17:14.0 12:55 X BOX NEBULA

OC - Open Cluster PN - Planetary Nebula, GC - Globular Cluster, Ir Gal - Irregular Galaxy

Image created using TheSky 5.0 Level IV
available from Bisque Software


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