Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 6342: Globular Star Cluster (Ophiuchus) RA: 17h 21.2m / DEC: -19° 35'.2
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

You'll find NGC 6342 about 1.2 degrees south-southeast of another bright globular cluster, M9. 4.4 magnitude Xi (40) Ophiuchi, 1.5 degrees due south, provides a useful landmark in your search for NGC 6342. The sketch at left presents a 129X view in my 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian. NGC 6342 is stationed in the southwest corner. The 9.5 magnitude globular cluster covers a 3' diameter area with a 10th magnitude GSC star marking the southern edge. The 6.5 magnitude star just inside the northwest field boundary is HD 156846. Another 14 field stars complete the view.

NGC 6316 NGC 6355


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