IC 4665

45 minutes exposure, Fuji Superia 400 film.
5" f/5 refractor, prime focus.

In the north-eastern region of the constellation of Ophiuchus, near the famous 'Barnard's Star', is the large and bright open cluster, IC 4665. An object that seems to receive very little attention, IC 4665 is a fine object for binoculars or a small telescope. It is a scattered group of about 20 stars, most of which are white or bluish-white. Easily located just north of beta ophiuchi, (the bright orange star to the lower right of the cluster) this object deserves greater attention.