NGC 6242

Open Cluster NGC 6242 (= Lacaille I.4 = Dunlop 520 = Melotte 155 = Collinder 317), type 'f', in Scorpius

[NGC 6242, AAT]
Right Ascension 16 : 55.6 (h:m)
Declination -39 : 30 (deg:m)
Distance 3.9 (kly)
Visual Brightness 6.4 (mag)
Apparent Dimension 9 (arc min)

Discovered by Lacaille in 1751-52.

The southern open cluster NGC 6242 was discovered by Abbe Lacaille during his 1751-1752 journey to South Africa.

The image in this page was obtained by David Malin with the 3.9-meter Anglo-Australian Telescope. This image is copyrighted and may be used for private purpose only. For any other kind of use, including internet mirroring and storing on CD-ROM, please contact the Photo Permissions Department (photo at of the Anglo Australian Observatory.

  • More information on this image (David Malin)

  • Jean-Claude Mermilliod's WEBDA cluster page for NGC 6242
  • SIMBAD Data of NGC 6242
  • Publications on NGC 6242 (NASA ADS)
  • Observing Reports for NGC 6242 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)
  • NGC Online data for NGC 6242

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