NGC 6124

Combination of 6, 30 second images taken in bright moonlight.
Modified Canon Digital Rebel DSLR camera. 5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

NGC 6124 is a large and loose open cluster, which is an excellent object for binoculars or a small telescope. The stars are all fairly bright and several display good colours. It is situated in the Milky Way in southern Scorpius, and has several patches of dark nebulosity close by, some of which are visible in the photograph. If this cluster was not at such a southerly declination, it would undoubtably be much better known.

Near the left hand edge of the image, indicated by the yellow line, are 4 stars in a diamond shape. The bottom star in this pattern is not a star but the 11th magnitude planetary nebula, NGC 6153. This is an easy object with an 8" telescope.