NGC 6268
DSS image of NGC 6268
Overlaid DSS image of NGC 6268, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around NGC 6268

Type  Open Cluster
Magnitude  9.5
Size  8'
RA (2000)  17h 2' 10.3"
Dec (2000)  39° 43' 42" S
Constellation  Scorpius
Description  Cl, B, pL, cRi, st10...
Classification  II 2 p
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Aug 15, 2020    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 76x

Rich, faint, resolved, a clump in a rich galactic starfield, the main body appears as a 10' stream of 10-12th magnitude stars running east to west

Andrew Cooper
May 30, 2017    Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

An odd triangular cluster, quite detached from the surrounding starfield, quite distinct, fully resolved, a couple dozen 10-12 magnitude stars in a 10' area, across the center of the cluster is a denser band running east-west
Other Data Sources for NGC 6268
Nearby objects for NGC 6268
Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.

NGC & IC object notes from Harold Corwin licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Additional supplementary material for NGC and IC catalog objects from Courtney Seligman with non-commercial use allowed, found at

NGC 6268