M62 is well placed

2015 Jun 6

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

Across much of the world the globular cluster M62 (NGC 6266) in Ophiuchus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -30°06', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 39°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 8° above the horizon.

At magnitude 6.5, M62 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The precise position of M62 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M62 17h01m10s -30°06' Ophiuchus 6.5 14'06"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org