Another open cluster, very different, but well worth exploring, is situated 40 arc minutes north-west of the lovely buttery-yellow beta Pyxidis, the southern tip of the compass needle.
Again, I detect a strange, wide zigzag string, 8 arc minutes to the north-west of Ruprecht 74 (see sketch).
6 alpha Columbae, which could be seen as the eye of the starry dove, is situated just 38 arc minutes to the west of the00000000000000 open cluster NGC 2061.
Another relatively faint galaxy, NGC 2090, is situated 50 arc minutes further east of NGC 2061 and displays an extended spindle shape in a north-south direction.
A lovely, complex area permeated with clusters and nebulosity is situated just 30 arc minutes to the south of the globular.
The open cluster NGC 1818, situated only 50 arc minutes to the east, is rather impressive and resembles a small, bright, round hazy patch with a compact middle (see sketch).
Only 16 arc minutes to the south, and in the shadow of next-door neighbour alpha Grus, we find the elliptical galaxy NGC 7213.
Only 23 arc minutes further south is NGC 7144, which reflects the same round glow, but with a considerably brighter nucleus.
The small group, Pismis 8, is situated only 28 arc minutes east of NGC 2645.
NGC 3256C is the closest member but very faint, situated 18 arc minutes to the north-east of the main galaxy.
The lovely outstanding yellow double star Zeta (1) and (2) is situated in the far western part of the constellation, only 25 arc minutes
from the border with Horologium.
Only 25 arc minutes
towards the west, the elliptical galaxy NGC 6861 occupies the middle spot of this galaxy group, being the second brightest member.