Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 6215, NGC 6215A, NGC 6221, ESO 138-1


Type Galaxy group
Position  16 52, -59 09 (approximate centre of field)
Constellation Ara
Camera and Telescope STL11000M and 31.75 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details LRGB =140:30:30:30  with Astrodon filters. Luminance binned 1x1, colours binned 2x2. 
Description This group of galaxies does not seem to be imaged very often. NGC 6221 is the brightest at magnitude 10.1.  ESO 138-1 is at lower left while NGC 6215A is above and to the right of centre.  ESO 138-5 is in the top right corner.  A diffraction spike from 3.8 magnitude Eta Arae just out of the frame is visible at the bottom.