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RA: 20h 41m 5.5s
Dec: +16° 37′ 20″
Ch: MSA:1216, U2:209, SA:16
Mag: B=?, V=?
NGC 6950 looks like a good, if scattered, cluster on the POSS1 prints. It was seen by both WH and JH, and their positions and descriptions agree. Still, no one has included it in a cluster catalogue, and RNGC has it as not found. I suspect, though, that it could be easily dug out with a six- or eight-inch telescope.
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "a cluster of coarsely scattered stars."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NOCL S.
12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 95x)
Nice little dainty star cluster. Somehow reminds me of the ESO clusters. A short string of three very close stars show the middle bar in an E-W direction. A handful of fainter stars sprays out from this bar to the north.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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