• Constellation: Scorpius
  • Right Ascension: 17h 53m 51.2s
  • Declination: −34° 47′ 34″
  • Distance: 980 ly

An open cluster of stars in the constellation of Scorpio. The cluster consists of about 80 members, and lies at a distance of around 980 light years. Charles Messier cataloged the cluster in 1764. The cluster resides in front of the Milky Way backdrop showing a small sample of the estimated 100 billion stars that make up our Milky Way galaxy.



  • Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600 MM