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The Constellation Scorpius - The Scorpion SCORPIUS M-4 - Lying about 15 degrees due west of Antares this large globular cluster is both easily found and a treat to observe It is large about 15 in diameter and is rather loosely concentrated letting us resolve its individual stars rather easily About 8-10 of its brightest members appear to form a bar right through its center and gives the impression that the cluster is slightly elongated M-6 - This is a fine open cluster just visible to the naked eye It is sometimes called the Butterfly Cluster as some observers see the shape of a flying insectoid amongst its stars The cluster is large about 25 in diameter so use low powers to observe it Over one hundred stars many bright or relatively bright can be counted in this area M-7 - One of the finest open clusters visible in the northern hemisphere this object is best seen using binoculars or a finderscope It is large about 50 in diameter and contains many bright stars loosely concentrated at the center Telescopic observers are awarded an added treat at the western edge but still within the clusters boundaries the faint globular cluster NGC 6453 can be seen How many times have YOU observed M-7 without seeing this ghostly globular M-80 - This is a small tightly concentrated globular cluster which is difficult to resolve into its constituent stars and then only around the edges It is seen in binoculars as a fuzzy star NGC 6231 - A fine open cluster composed of over one hundred stars in a compact 15 area It actually lies on another spiral arm of our galaxy closer to the galactic center According to Burnhams Celestial Handbook if this cluster was at the same distance from us as the Pleiades it would appear about the same size as that cluster but would be about fifty times brighter with its
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