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NGC 6738

NGC 6738, Cl Collinder 396, C 1859+115, Ocl 101.0, COCD 459, h 2027, GC 4460

RA: 19h 01m 18s
Dec: +11° 37′ 0″

Con: Aquila
Ch: MSA:1245, U2:206, SA:16

Ref: SIMBAD, Collinder (1931), DAML02, Archinal&Hynes (2003)

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Type: open cluster, 42p

Mag: B=?, V=8.3

Size: 15′
PA: ?

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 6738, found by JH, is an optical alignment of a couple of dozen bright stars seen through varying amounts of dust. It is not a real cluster. Boeche et al (A&A, XXX, XXX, 2003) have done a thorough photometric, astrometric, and spectroscopic study of the field and have not been able to find a real cluster here. There are undoubtedly many other such clusters in the catalogues.

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 8.0 mag open cluster.

Modern observations

Harrington, Phil (1990)

Phil Harrington (1990, Touring the Universe through Binoculars) notes that it is similar in appearance to NGC 6709, and that "once located, it reveals only a few of its brighter stars, which are about 9th mag. Larger glasses should have little trouble yielding a glimpse of these stars, and even 7x binoculars show a few of them set within the glow cast by fainter luminaries."

Brian Skiff

8x50mm - not obvious. BS, 3Sep1981, Anderson Mesa.

15cm - mod br widespread cl w/string of brtr *s running N-S through it. 30'

diam, 95x shows 45 *s. in brtst part *s have wide range of mags. on E

side is elong strip of m12.5-13 *s (~dozen). BS, 3Sep1981, Anderson Mesa.

- scattered and little concen grp among br & dk areas (dk 30' W, vf *clouds

45' S). outline seems triangular due to br overlying *s, esp string of

m8-10 *s along and beyond E base (plotted on U2000). 140x shows 65 *s in

15' irreg round area. not a terribly interesting obj. BS, 2Jul1989,

Anderson Mesa.

25cm - 75 *s incl batch on E. not outstanding in Milky Way. BS, 3Sep1981,

Anderson Mesa.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Large, pretty bright, irregular shape at 100X. 20 members of magnitudes 9 to 10, another 20 members with magnitudes less than 13. Looks like a cluster with a step function magnitude distribution. I have rarely seen a star cluster that does not seem to gradually fade to dimmer members."

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2010 August 07/08, Sat/Sun

Karoo Star Party, Britstown, Northern Cape, ZA.

SQM-L 21.7

15x70 Celestron binoculars.

Two moderately bright stars involved in an approximately oval haze, 6' across. Not prominent.

Magda Streicher

2010 June 12

Location: Polokwane

16-inch f/10 SCT (127x 290x)

This is a special group that displays it stars from the brightest to the faintest in a formation of a long hock in south-north direction. Very fascinating.

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