NGC 6496

Combination of 20, 1 minute exposures, SBIG STL-1001E CCD camera.
300mm f/6 newtonian telescope at prime focus.

Scorpius has to be one of the most impressive constellations in the sky. Containing numerous bright stars and situated almost entirely within one of the richest portions of the Milky Way, it is not only an interesting region for naked eye observation, but it contains a large number of fine deep-sky objects. Over 20 of these are globular clusters.

NGC 6496, a fairly small, and moderately bright globular cluster that is easy to observe but difficult to resolve in an 8" telescope. It is situated in a rich portion of the Milky Way and is a good object for small telescopes.