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Deep Sky Objects in Scutum, the Shield
Here is a listing of the brightest Deep Sky Objects in Scutum, the Shield, 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
6625     Other ??? 9 18:23.1 12:02 X  
6712     GC 7.2 10 18:53.1 08:43 X  
6704     OC 6 9.5 18:50.8 05:12 X  
6683     OC 11 9.5 18:42.1 06:17 X  
6664     OC 16 9 18:36.8 08:14 X  
6649     OC 6 10.5 18:33.5 10:24 X  
6631     OC 5 11.5 18:27.2 12:03 X  
6694   26 OC 15 9.5 18:45.4 09:23 X  
6705   11 OC 14 7 18:51.0 06:16 X WILD DUCK/SCUTUM SALT-AND-PEPPER/JULY SALT-AND-PEPPER CLUSTER

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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2003 Kevin Muenzler, Eagle Creek Observatory.