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NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus

NGC 6309 is a Planetary Nebula in the Ophiuchus constellation. NGC 6309 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

NGC 6309
Planetary Nebula
Ophiuchus
  • NGC 6309 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 15° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 11.5, NGC 6309 is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
Available Resources for NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus

Photometric information of NGC 6309

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 6309 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

10.8
11.5
11.6
11.54
10.93

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of NGC 6309

The following table reports NGC 6309 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 6309 is a visual representation of it.
0.26 arcmin
0.26 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 6309

The image below is a photograph of NGC 6309 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus star
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DSS2 image of NGC 6309 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.26 arcmin) and minor (0.26 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 6309

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 6309 are provided in the following table:

17h 14m 03s
-12° 54’ 38”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 6309 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus.

Finder chart NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus.

Rise ans set times of NGC 6309 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.9°
Max altitude: 25.6°
Azimuth: 257.1°
NGC 6309 (Box Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom