|NGC 6144: Globular Star Cluster (Scorpius) RA: 16h 27.2m / DEC: -26° 01'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The heart of the Milky Way is well populated by celestial treasure. If you threw a dart at a wall map of this region, you'd likely hit a nebula or globular star cluster without even trying. NGC 6144 shares the sky with the rival of Mars and the magnificent globular, M4. Antares blazes orange-red just 38' to the southeast. M4 sparkles like champaign powder against an obsidian sky, about a degree to the southwest. My sketch renders a 129X view of NGC 6144 in my 10-inch Newtonian. The globular cluster is centered in the field of view. Its 9.0 magnitude glow is contained within a 5' diameter area. The brightest member stars shine at 13.4 magnitude. A handful are resolved as an irregular band aligned northeast to southwest through the core region. 10.4 magnitude PPM 265538 is the brightest of five stars in a broad M-formation about 6' south-southwest of the globular. A 12th magnitude star stands at the northeast edge. A close pair of faint stars simmer 6' to the southeast.
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