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NGC 6124

OPEN CLUSTER - SCORPIUS

(Image centered at ra: 16:25.6 / dec -40:40)

 

 

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September 2019 - Camping La Porteņa, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Open Cluster

APPARENT MAGNITUDE: 5,8

APPARENT DIAMETER: 29 arc minutes

DISTANCE: 18.600 light years

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: ORION OPTICS UK 8" f5 Newtonian w/Televue Paracorr working at f5,75

CAMERA: QSI 583 WS

MOUNT: SKY WATCHER NEQ6

FILTERS: Baader LRGB Set

SKY CONDITIONS: Rural Skies.

EXPOSURES: LRGB (30,30,30,30) 

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION

NGC 6124 is a fine Open Cluster located in the southern corner of the constellation of Scorpius close to the Norma and Lupus boundaries. It is faintly visible to the naked eye appearing as a hazy unresolved patch of stellar light. The diameter covers 15 light years. A great sight for binoculars and small telescopes. NGC 6124 gathers over 100 stars and is fully resolvable with telescopes above 6 inches of aperture.

The image was taken from my light polluted backyard in August 2019.

The cluster was discovered by Nicholas Louis Lacaille during his 1751 - 52 journey to South Africa. Due to its declination It is best seen from southern locations during the month of May, June and July.