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Deep Sky Objects in Scorpius, the Scorpion
Here is a listing of the brightest Deep Sky Objects in Scorpius, the Scorpion, 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
6216     OC 4 10 16:49.4 44:44 X  
6144     GC 9.3 11 16:27.3 26:02 X  
6496     GC 6.9 10.5 17:59.0 44:16 X  
6121   4 GC 26.3 7.5 16:23.6 26:32 X  
6388     GC 8.7 8.5 17:36.3 44:44 X  
6139     GC 5.5 10.5 16:27.7 38:51 X  
6093   80 GC 8.9 8.5 16:17.0 22:59 X  
6441     GC 7.8 9 17:50.2 37:03 X  
6453     GC 3.5 11.5 17:50.9 34:36 X  
6124     OC 29 6.5 16:25.6 40:40 X  
6268     OC 6 9.5 17:02.4 39:44 X  
6475   7 OC 80 3.5 17:53.9 34:49 X SCORPION'S TAIL/PTOLEMY'S CLUSTER
6192     OC 8 8.5 16:40.3 43:22 X  
6405   6 OC 15 4.5 17:40.1 32:13 X BUTTERFLY CLUSTER
6222     OC ??? 10 16:50.7 44:45 X  
6231     OC 15 8.5 16:54.0 41:48 X TABLE OF SCORPIUS
6242     OC 9 8 16:55.6 39:30 X  
6178     OC 4 7 16:35.7 45:38 X  
6259     OC 10 8.5 17:00.7 44:40 X  
6281     OC 20/15 8.5 17:04.8 37:54 X  
6318     OC 4 12 17:17.8 39:27 X  
6322     OC 10 6.5 17:18.5 42:57 X  
6374     OC 3 10 17:32.3 32:36 X  
6383     OC 80 5.5 17:34.8 32:34 X  
6396     OC 3 11 17:38.1 35:00 X  
6400     OC 8 9 17:40.8 36:57 X  
6404     OC 5 10.5 17:39.6 33:15 X  
6416     OC 18 8.5 17:44.4 32:21 X  
6425     OC 8 9 17:46.9 31:32 X  
6451     OC 8 8.5 17:50.7 30:13 X TOM THUMB CLUSTER
6249     OC 6 9.5 16:57.6 44:47 X  
6153     PN 0.4 11.5 16:31.5 40:15 X  

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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