NGC 6281
DSS image of NGC 6281
Overlaid DSS image of NGC 6281, 120' x 120' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around NGC 6281

Type  Open Cluster
Magnitude  5.4
Size  200' x 150'
RA (2000)  17h 4' 41.3"
Dec (2000)  37° 59' 7" S
Constellation  Scorpius
Description  Cl, L, pRi, lC, st9...11
Classification  II 2 p n
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Jun 29, 2019    Kaʻohe, Mauna Kea, HI (map)
8x42mm Nikon Prostaff 3S Binoculars @ 8x

A bright knot of stars in a very rich galactic star field, bright, resolved, a good binocular object.

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Other Data Sources for NGC 6281
Nearby objects for NGC 6281
5 objects found within 120'
HD 155259 NGC 6256 NGC 6268
Sh2-3 V1071 Scorpii
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 6281