sponsored by psychohistorian.org


Deep Sky Observer's Companion – the online database


Welcome, guest!

If you've already registered, please log in,

or register an observer profile for added functionality.


log in to manage your observing lists























Full database:

Entire DOCdb database of 18,816 objects.



NGC 6624 (15,119 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




finder chart

altitude today

altitude (year)


½°, , in DOCdb

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/yivumoo/public_html/show_object.php on line 167

Warning: fopen(/home/yivumoo/public_html/logs/showobject/20210725.txt): failed to open stream: Disk quota exceeded in /home/yivumoo/public_html/show_object.php on line 168

Warning: fwrite() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/yivumoo/public_html/show_object.php on line 181

Warning: fclose() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/yivumoo/public_html/show_object.php on line 182

show browsing

NGC 6624

NGC 6624, C 1820-303, Cl VDBH 262, ESO 457-11, GCl 93, Bennett 109, I 50, h 3742, GC 4404

RA: 18h 23m 40.69s
Dec: −30° 21′ 38.8″

Con: Sagittarius
Ch: MSA:1414, U2:378, SA:22


(reference key)

Type: globular cluster

Mag: B=10.22, V=9.14

Size: 8.8′
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-050

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "cL R vbM milky."

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Observed by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "globular, vB, R, psvmbM, diam in RA = 5 seconds; all clearly resolved into stars barely discernible." On a second occassion he called it "globular, B, R, psmbM, diam 6 seconds in RA, barely resolved so as to be sure it consists of stars." His third observation was recorded as "globular, B, R, stars first g, then psvmbM, 3.5' or 4' diameter, clearly resolved into stars 16m, a fine object."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

Described in the NGC as very bright, pretty large and round, well resolved and consisting of stars of 16th mag.

Published comments

Morgan, W.W

A study by W. W. Morgan of Yerkes Observatory indicates this globular cluster to have a spectral type of G2.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 9.5 mag globular cluster.

Photo index

by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 5/79 p447.

Vorontsov-Velyaminov, B. (1925/1926)

Vorontsov-Velyaminov, B. "Integral magnitudes of south star clusters", Astron. Nach. 228, 325. Comparing the brightness of the cluster with the extrafocal images of stars, he estimates the magnitudes as 9.0

Bailey, S.I. (1908)

"globular cluster, extremely condensed; not well resolved on the Bruce plates"

Bailey, S.I. (1908) A catalogue of bright stars and nebulae. Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60(8), 199.

Harris, W.E. (1997)

RA 18 23 40.5 (2000) Dec -30 21 40 Integrated V magnitude 7.87 Central surface brightness, V magnitudes per square arcsecond 15.42 Integrated spectral type G4/5 Central concentration, c = log(r_total/r_core); a 'c' denotes a core-collapsed cluster 2.50c: Core radius in arcmin .06. ["Catalog Of Parameters For Milky Way Globular Clusters", compiled by William E. Harris, McMaster University. (Revised: May 15, 1997; from http://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/Globular.html; Harris, W.E. 1996, AJ, 112, 1487) ]

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "8.5M; 3' diameter; unresolved glow with brighter center; 45' SE of 3M Delta SGR."

Steve Coe

Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Bright, pretty large, much compressed and round. It has a very bright middle and is resolved into 18 stars against a grainy backround at 165X. This a nice globular that doesn't get observed often."

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1993 April 30

30/04/93: Observing with a 6-inch f/8.6 Newtonian at 52x, the one-degree field is not too crowded. Two close-by 9th mag stars point to the cluster. Almost due west but slightly south of cluster is a small star, about 11th mag. The cluster is small and pretty bright.

1997 July 09

1997 July 9, Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Jonkershoek. 11x80's tripod-mounted. Moderate conditions. Quite like NGC 6652. In a group of 9th mag stars; it shows up as one of three in a row.

Magda Streicher

1997 August 05

12-inch Meade, 40mm eyepiece, 53' fov. 1997-08-05, fair sky conditions "Very small starlike eliptical globular well distinguished in faint pin-point stars. Some mottled areas visible. The halo and core appear to be more or less the same size." [Magda Streicher, Pietersburg 23-53S, 29-28E]

(no date)

12-inch f/10 SCT (EP: 2-inch 40mm SW 76x 53' fov; 2-inch 14mm UW 218x 23' fov)

Very small globular, faint stars in high power (218x) well distinguished. Some mottled areas can be seen between the scattering of faint stars. The halo and core appear to be more or less the same size, but the outer envelope is quite evident. Slightly brighter to the middle, which sometimes looks brighter than other times when sweeping is been done. Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel.

Richard Ford

2012 September, 15th

Location:Night Sky Caravan Park, Bonnievale.

Sky Conditions:Whole Milky Way is visible.The sky is clean.

Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

In this globular cluster the stars are not resolved and no stars are seen in this cluster and that this globular cluster has the resemblance of a very small round snowball.This globular cluster has a slightly condensed nucleus.The nucleus of this cluster is slightly brighter compared to the stars on the far outskirts of this globular cluster.This globular cluster measures 2.7'*2.7'.Chart:No.326,NSOG Vol.2.

Favourite lists

Lacaille's catalogue

The Messier objects

Dunlop's catalogue

The Bennett objects

The Caldwell list

Named DSOs

Object search

First search phrase


Second search phrase

Type of object to include:

open cluster
globular cluster
planetary nebula
bright nebula
dark nebula
galaxy cluster
asterism & stars

The Bug Report

DOCdb is still in beta-release.

Known issues, feature requests, and updates on bug fixes, are here:

> Bug Report


Found a bug? Have a comment or suggestion to improve DOCdb? Please let us know!

> Contact us


DOCdb is a free online resource that exists to promote deep sky observing.

You could help by sharing your observations, writing an article, digitizing and proof-reading historical material, and more.

> Find out more

Everything on DOCdb.net is © 2004-2010 by Auke Slotegraaf, unless stated otherwise or if you can prove you have divine permission to use it. Before using material published here, please consult the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. Some material on DOCdb is copyright the individual authors. If in doubt, don't reproduce. And that goes for having children, too. Please note that the recommended browser for DOCdb is Firefox 3.x. You may also get good results with K-Meleon. Good luck if you're using IE. A successful experience with other browsers, including Opera and Safari, may vary.

Warning: Unknown: open(/tmp/sess_b000cc5616fb62c9fdc00e51e98742d6, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct () in Unknown on line 0