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NGC 7394

NGC 7394, h 2188, GC 4852

RA: 22h 50m 23.8s
Dec: +52° 08′ 7″

Con: Lacerta
Ch: MSA:1085, U2:58, SA:3

Ref: NGC/IC, DAML02, Archinal&Hynes (2003)

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Type: open cluster

Mag: B=?, V=11

Size: 10′
PA: ?

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

NGC 7394 is a scattered group of pretty bright (9-11m) stars including JH's double. Stretched out in a ragged band 12 arcmin by 5 arcmin to the northwest is an extension to the core (8 arcmin by 5 arcmin) that JH describes: "A double star, the last of a poor cluster of about a dozen stars." I doubt that all this is a part of any physical cluster, but proper motions and photometry should tell us eventually.

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NOCL S.

SAC database

database comments: "BRENNAN: 6in, 10'x3' NW to SE, 20 stars"

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston, W.S. (1976) Deep-sky Wonders: Nonexistent William Herschel clusters in the RNGC. Sky&Telescope, Jan, 68-69.

"The writer's impression agrees with the Brennan description [who used a 6" reflector at 65x:]: 'a coarse grouping 10' by 3' in extent, elongated northwest to southeast. In addition to the bright star at its southeast end, there are about 10 stars of mag 11 and about 10 fainter ones. Since the field is not particualrly rich, the cluster can be easily recognized.'."

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Magda Streicher

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Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 218x)

A handful off faint stars look like a flying swallow. The bird it heading SW. 7magnitude star is situated to the SE between the faint stars. Three brighter stars going down to the south. Very elongated cluster from NW to SE over 30arc minutes. A planetary nebula is situated at the SE end. Pk. 104.8-06.7. Even so low on the horizon I could still see stars in a sort of roundish grouping.

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