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Object description
NGC 6124 - an open star cluster in the constellation Scorpio - embedded in H-II emission nebula and dark clouds

Object description:

NGC 6124 is an open star cluster in the constellation Scorpio. With an apparent diameter of 40 arcminutes it is cataloged as type II 3 m according to Trumpler. NGC 6124 contains about 100 stars and stands at a distance of about 1700 light years from the solar system. The cluster was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751.

In our wide angle image with 200 mm focal length an exciting contrast between stars, faint reddish emission nebula regions and the blue reflection nebula Bernes 124 at the right edge of the image is created.
At the top of the image is the globular cluster NGC 6139 with an apparent diameter of just under 6 arcminutes. It is classified as type II. The distance to the solar system is about 35,000 light years and this corresponds to a true diameter of about 80 light years. The globular cluster was discovered by James Dunlop on May 13, 1826.

NGC 6124 was also photographed with a longer focal length. We show the image here.

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