NGC 6709

Alt. Designations: NGC 6709
Object Type: open cluster
Constellation: Aquila
Distance: 3.5 kly
Right Ascension: 18h 51m 18.0s
Declination: +10° 19´ 00"
Visual Magnitude: 6.7
Apparent Dimension: 15.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jul

A loose open cluster (type III2m) in the constellation Aquila. NGC 6709 contains about 60 stars and has an estimated age of 315 million years. It lies about 5 southwest of the star Zeta Aquilae and about 6 northeast of the open cluster IC 4756. Three of its most prominent stars form the shape of a right-triangle.