SCORPIUS
by Steve Coe
17.5" f/4.5 unless noted

NGC 6072 Pretty bright, large, round, not brighter in the middle, greenish at 165X. The magnitude given for this object is 14, I estimate it to be much brighter, approximately 12th mag.

NGC 6093 (M 80) Bright, large, little elongated, very bright in the middle at 165X. There are several dark lanes nearby and I can resolve about 50 stars at 165X.

36" f/5 TSP 96 129 stars resolved in 20mm Nagler

6" f/6 Dugas bright, pretty large. With 8.8mm EP only 2 stars resolved with direct vision, but aviz brings out 20 or more, the stars just explode from the stippled background. There is a very bright middle with 3 layers to the brightness contour.

White Tanks S+T 6/10 13" 11X80 just barely seen 100X--Bright, pretty large, extremely bright middle, bright stellar nucleus, well resolved with stars 13th magnitude and fainter. I counted a total of 30 stars across the entire globular. There are 4 layers of brightness that lead to a stellar core of about 12th magnitude. 220X--Now there are 16 stars resolved in the NE quadrant, so the entire cluster is showing about 60 stars. Averted vision makes a big difference in the size of this cluster. The stellar nucleus glows unmistakeably bright at this power.

NGC 6121 (M 4) Very bright, very large, irregularly round and much brighter in the middle at 135X. There is a central bar that can be seen even in the 8X50 finderscope and long chains of stars surround this cluster and wind their way out into the Milky Way.

36" f/5 TSP 96 S+T 7/10 20mm Nagler Amazing spray of stars it is spectacular, as you would expect. Several of the chains are curved, but are parallel to each other, so they appear like old Roman stadium seats. Little pairs all over the place, several stars are light orange in color. I counted 76 stars in NE quad. A terrific view of a real showpiece.

6" f/6 Dugas Rd. 5/10 seeing, a little twinkly; 6/10 contrast. with 8.8mm EP very bright, very large, irregularly round, the "bar" feature obvious, with several chains of stars, even at just 100X. The curved chains form a "stadium" row of seats. In moments of good seeing, there is a silvery background of stars seen. I counted 32 stars resolved.

Dugas S=6 T=8 The "I can't make it to the Grand Canyon" star party, about 50 folks and scopes. 13" f/5.6 220X-- 64 stars counted in NE quadrant for about 250 stars total. 330X--central bar is obvious with many delicate chains of stars.

NGC 6124 Bright, large, round, not compressed, about 100 stars at 100X. This beautiful cluster almost fills the 30' field of view and includes several nice chains of stars and some lovely pairs of stars.

NGC 6139 Bright, pretty large, very bright in the middle at 100X. Going to higher power at 165X, it has a stellar nucleus and two stars are resolved in good seeing. Averted vision makes it grow.

NGC 6144 Pretty bright, large, compressed, somewhat brighter in the middle, 12 stars resolved across the mottled face of this globular at 135X. It is at the edge of a very dark nebula.

36" f/5 20mm Nagler TSP 96 39 stars resolved, somewhat brighter middle, a few stars brighter than the others.

Camp 613 S=6 T=8 100X--pretty bright, pretty large, compressed, 3 stars resolved, somewhat brighter in the middle. 150X--10 stars resolved, very grainy, many stars at the limit of the 13 inch on a good night at Camp 613. 220X--too much, still 10 stars resolved, but a very low surface brightness at high power.

Tonopah site 6" f/6 S=4 T=6 22mm--easy to pick out. 8.8mm--faint, pretty small, gradually brighter middle, low surface brightness, 4 stars resolved, one star on the west side is quite bright, approximately 12th magnitude (member?). The faintest two starson the East side and very difficult, I never held them with direct vision, only averted.

NGC 6153 Pretty bright, pretty small, round, greenish dot at 100X. There are some dark markings in the center at 320X. It is involved in an asterism that resembles Delphinus.

NGC 6178 Bright, small, not compressed, 14 stars in a nice Milky Way field at 135X.

NGC 6192 Bright, pretty large, pretty rich, somewhat compressed, 40 stars with many dark lanes in the cluster at 135X.

NGC 6222 Pretty faint, pretty large, somewhat elongated, 30 stars and a fuzzy backround at 135X.

NGC 6227 Faint, small, pretty compressed at 135X. This object is given as a rich Milky Way field and there are several clumps in the Milky Way at the correct position so I just chose the most prominent candidate.

NGC 6231 Very bright, large, rich, compressed and irregular in shape at 100X. This easy naked eye object is a fuzzy spot located where the curve in the scorpions' tail starts. It is an excellant binocular field that includes several bright stars and a rich mixture of dimmer members.

NGC 6242 Bright, pretty large, rich, elongated 'V' shape, 12 bright stars and several dozen fainter stars at 100X.

NGC 6249 Pretty bright, pretty small, not compressed, 15 stars at 100X.

NGC 6259 Bright, large, very rich, round, reminds me of NGC 7789 in Cassiopeia at 100X. This cluster is cut into pieces by dark lanes.

NGC 6266 (M 62) Very bright, large, rich, somewhat elongated, easily resolved at 100X. Very bright, almost stellar core.

NGC 6268 Pretty bright, pretty small, somewhat rich, irregular in shape at 100X. This cluster is a long star chain with a few other members forming branches to the chain.

NGC 6281 Pretty bright, pretty large, 30 stars in a nice Milky Way field at 100X. Several of the brighter members can be seen in the finderscope.

NGC 6302 Bright, large, elongated planetary at 165X. Moving the power up to 320X brought out some fine detail and a central star. There is a bright knot of nebulosity in the western section.

36" f/5 TSP 96 Central star held 100% of the time, it appears larger than stars nearby, might be wrapped up in neby. Some dark markings within nebula. High surface brightness, grey color.

Cherry Rd. 6" f/6 7/10=S+T 38mm--stellar, 14mm--pretty faint, small, elongated 2X1, very much brighter middle. It is the star with the fuzz around it. A moderately difficult object in a rich field of view. The 8.8mm EP is no help.

Eagle Eye site S=7 T=7 13" 150X--easy to pick out at this power, pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2X1 in PA 75. Central "star" is not stellar, about 3 times the size of the Airy disk of nearby stars. Dark lane to west of center. With Ken Reeve's 20" f/5 and the 8.8mm EP there are two dark lanes on the west side and one on the east, they chop the nebulosity into unequal parts. There is an obvious bright spot within the western section. Averted vision shows some outer, faint nebulosity to the north and south of the main bright nebula. A nice view of the Bug Nebula.

NGC 6318 Pretty faint, pretty small, pretty rich, somewhat elongated, not much at 100X.

NGC 6322 Pretty bright, large, not compressed, pretty rich, 25 stars which are shaped like the bow of a ship at 100X. This is a very obscured region of Our Galaxy, there are many dark lanes nearby.

NGC 6334 Faint, large, irregular at 100X. This emission nebula is the size of the 30' field in a 20mm Erfle eyepiece. The nebulosity has 15 stars involved. Using the UHC filter brings up the contrast of this object. There are four bright areas of the nebula, with the entire field aglow with dim nebulosity.

Cherry Rd. 6" f/6 7/10=S+T 22mm--20 stars resolved, most pretty faint, with a very faint background glow. Large, very faint, irregularly round. Adding the UHC filter makes the nebulosity more obvious, but only pretty faint. There are several "clumps" or bright spots within the dim glow. There are also 14 stars involved within the nebulosity.

NGC 6334 13" Eagle Eye site S=6 T=6
100X--Faint, very large, irregular figure, 14 stars involved within nebulosity mags 8....13. More stars are involved on the eastern side of the nebula, so this appears to be brighter nebulosity, when that effect is from the stars within. The UHC helps alot with this object, much better contrast with the filter.

NGC 6337 Pretty faint, large, annular planetary nebula that demands high power to see fine detail. At 320X there are two stars involved, the stars straddle a dark area in the center of the object. The UHC filter helps a little. This nice planetary does not seem to get observed often.

NGC 6357 Pretty bright, pretty small and elongated E-W 3' X 1' at 100X. That is without the UHC filter, adding the nebula filter brings out many faint filaments of nebulosity that extend beyond the 30' field in all directions. I counted 28 stars involved.

NGC 6380 Very, very faint, very small, not brighter in the middle, round at 165X. Appears like a double star at low power. At 220X it is 30" in size, round, and needs averted vision and good seeing to pick this very obscured globular out of the Milky Way. My friends and I are convinced that Wil Tirion included it on his Sky Atlas as a challenge object.

36" f/5 TSP 96 7/10 S+T Not much with 36" of aperture, somewhat brighter middle. 6 stars resolved. "King of the little turd globulars".

NGC 6383 Pretty bright, pretty large, irregular, 18 stars counted at 100X. The cluster surrounds the double star h 4962, it is split at 100X with white and blue colors.

NGC 6388 Bright, pretty large much brighter in the middle, 6 stars resolved at 165X. This globular was seen in the finderscope.

NGC 6400 Faint, pretty large, somewhat rich at 100X. This is a long string of stars with several other members.

NGC 6404 Faint, pretty large, pretty rich, somewhat compressed, 40 stars at 135X.

NGC 6405 (M 6) Very, very bright, very large, pretty rich, somewhat compressed at 60X. This cluster is easily naked eye and several of the brighter members can be seen in 10X50 binoculars. The shape has caused observers to see a butterfly in this cluster and I agree with that evaluation. There are even two delicate curved chains of stars that form "antennae". BM SCO is a variable star on the east side, it is a nice orange color. 6" f/6 Dugas 63 stars resolved with 8.8mm EP. Great view with the 22mm, shows cluster and field around it, going to higher powers brings out lots of pretty faint members. 6" f/6 at Camp 613 S=7, T=9 10X50 binocs 14 stars counted, surrounded by dark lane. 22mm Pan-55 stars counted, very bright, very large, rich cluster, many beautiful chains of stars, the lovely orange member really stands out.

Dugas S=6 T=8 13" f/5.6 11X80 finder 19 stars counted in nice cluster 60X--very bright, very large, not compressed, 81 stars counted, some of the best chains of stars within any cluster. BM Sco on Eastern edge a nice yellow-orange bright star.

NGC 6416 Pretty bright, large, pretty rich, not compressed and elongated at 100X.

NGC 6425 Pretty faint, pretty small, not compressed, 30 stars in an 8' field at 100X, not much.

NGC 6441 Bright, pretty large, round, very bright middle, very grainy at 165X. Two stars are resolved at 320X. Seen in the finder.

NGC 6444 Pretty bright, pretty large, 31 stars counted, not Compressed, star mags 10...13. Pretty well detached with several Nice curved chains of stars at 100X.

NGC 6451 Bright, pretty large, pretty rich, compressed open cluster at 165X. It is bright enough that it can be seen in the 8X50 finder. It includes a close triple star which appears nebulous at low powers and is resolved at 320X. I estimated 50 members in the cluster and it includes a dark lane almost down the middle of the cluster.

NGC 6453 Pretty faint, pretty small, round, somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X. Two stars are resolved at 320X. Sentinel Star Gaze April 16, 1999 My 50th Birthday! This is the globular next to M7. 13" 100X-seen as a globular 220X-pretty bright, pretty small, brighter in the middle and round. Very grainy, but not resolved. 330X-No resolution, but very grainey with a bright "bar" in the middle of the cluster.

NGC 6475 (M 7) Very, very bright, very, very large, not compressed, many faint members at 60X. This huge cluster is easily naked eye, even on poor nights. I can resolve 8 to 10 of the brightest members in 10X50 binoculars. It is at its best in an RFT. Using a 4.25" f/4 at 16X there is enough room around the cluster to frame it in the Milky Way and there are 40 stars resolved with this modest scope. 6" f/6 Dugas Very, very bright, very, very large, not compressed, 49 stars counted, including a nice orange 9th mag star on the SW edge of the cluster. Several delicate pairs and groupings, best view ever of this cluster. 6" f/6 at Camp 613 S=7, T=9 10X50 binocs-12 stars resolved in great Milky Way field.
11X80 binocs-28 stars, most pretty bright, a few are faint, the cluster takes up about one eighth of the field of view.
22mm Panoptic-very bright, very, very large, not compressed, pretty rich, obvious cluster, 58 stars counted, several pairs including one on south side yellow-blue. Prominent dark lane on north side of cluster.

NGC 6496 Pretty faint, small, pretty compressed, resolved 10 stars at 165X.

IC 4592 60X in 13" Cherry Rd. Faint, pretty large, round, a faint glow around Nu-2 Sco. Not nearly as large as the size given. The UHC is no help.

IC 4599 13" 100X-detected 150X-extremely faint, pretty small, Not brighter in the middle, never held steady, averted vision Only. Just a small grey disk.

IC 4605 Very faint, pretty large, round, not much. Averted vision helps, but the UHC does not. Just a dim glow around 22 Sco.

IC 4628 Faint, large, very large, very elongated on the northern edge of open cluster Trumpler 24. This nebula is about 15' X 30' in size and can barely be seen without the UHC. The filter makes a big difference and really enhances the contrast of this gas cloud.

IC 4637 Faint, very small, round, tiny blue-green dot at 100X, confirmed at 165X, not much at any power.

IC 4663 Faint, pretty small, round, greenish dot at 165X. Averted vision makes it grow.

Tr 24 Very bright, extremely large, irregular in shape at 60X. This huge cluster just fits into the one degree field of the 13" with a 2" eyepiece. The entire Milky Way field is rich and this object stands out with a dozen bright stars and about 100 dimmer stars. Another designation for this object is H 12.

H 14 Pretty faint, pretty small, somewhat compressed at 100X. This is just a concentration in an already rich field.

H 16 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated, lots of faint stars at 165X. This cluster was seen in the 8X50 finder.

H 17 Faint, small, 15 stars in a "V" shape, not much at 100X.

H 18 Pretty bright, large, not compressed, many faint members and many chains of stars at 165X in this nice cluster.

Cederblad 150 Extremely faint, pretty large, round, averted vision with the UHC filter at 100X. This is the unmarked box on the Tirion Sky Atlas which is between M6 and M7.

Canon 2-1 Pretty bright, very, very small, little elongated, central star seen at 220X. A tiny grey dot in the Milky Way.

PK 359- 1.1 Sentinel 8/10 13" 220X-extremely faint, pretty small, Not brighter in the middle. Averted vision helps, held steady about 20% of the time. A light grey disk at high power.


Double Stars

Alpha SCO I have split Antares three times, twice with a 17.5" stopped down to 10" and once with a 10" f/5.6. All three times where in twilight, so that the bright glare of a first magnitude star did not overwhelm the 7th mag secondary. At about 200X, Antares is yellow-orange and the companion is greenish.

Beta SCO Easy at 100X, white and green in pretty bright, very large nebulosity.

Sigma SCO Easy at 100X, white and light blue.

Rho SCO Easy split at 100X, white and light blue.

Nu SCO Wide pair at 100X, white and light blue. Going to 165X split the comes.