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NGC 6322

(in collaboration with Ezequiel Bellocchio - AstroPilar)

OPEN CLUSTER IN SCORPIUS

(Image centered at: ra 17h 20' / dec -42 57')

 

 

September  2023, - acquisition by Ezequiel Bellocchio - Astro Pilar, Buenos Aires - Argentina

Processing by Sergio Eguivar

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Open Cluster

Apparent Magnitude: 6

APPARENT DIAMETER: 5 arc minutes

DISTANCE: 3250 light years

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: Sky Watcher Espirit 150 ED Apo Triplet working at f7  

CAMERA: QHY 268 Mono

FILTERS: Antila LRGB Set

SKY CONDITIONS: Suburban Skies

EXPOSURES: RGB (60,60,60) - Red channel used as Luminance

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION

NGC 6322 is a relative bright open cluster located in the constellation of Scorpius between theta and eta scorpii. Because the object is close to the plane of our Milky way, the frame has a populated star background. NGC 6322 is a young cluster. According latest estimations its age is calculated in 11,4 million years old. It has less than 50 members and they are approaching us at a speed of 57 km per second. There are some dark dust clouds along the frame of the image. British astronomer John Herschel discovered this object in 1834 from Cape of the Good Hope in South Africa.

We have not find images of NGC 6322 with a  field of view a bit more of 1 degree taken with a non professional telescopes, so I am happy Ezequiel decided to aim to this area and shared the raw images for processing.