(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6709 - Inst: 9x63 binoculars

Observation Poster: Stéphane Meloche <stephanemeloche@videotron.ca>
Observer: Stéphane Meloche
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2004/09/11 EDT
Location of site: Coaticook, Qc, Canada (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.9 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 9x63 binoculars
Object(s): NGC 6709
Category: Open cluster.
Constellation: Aql
Data: mag 6.7  size 13.0'
Position: RA 18:52  DEC 10:21
In Aquila, at ~5° S-W of Zeta Aql. Open cluster of a good extent, particularly with averted vision. The cluster raises a beautiful triangular form and, oddly, each corner of the triangle is occupied by a star. The star which forms the top is most brilliant and the two others are weaker and of identical brightness. These are the only stars that I can individually distinguish in NGC 6709, the remainder seems a weak nebulosity within the triangle.
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