NGC 6871

Alt. Designations: NGC 6871
Object Type: open cluster
Constellation: Cygnus
Distance: 5.1 kly
Right Ascension: 20h 05m 59.0s
Declination: +35° 46´ 38"
Visual Magnitude: 5.2
Apparent Dimension: 30.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jul

NGC 6871 is an open cluster visible in the constellation of Cygnus . It is one of many in a brilliant stretch of clusters in the Milky Way, south of the star γ Cygni. A small telescope will reveal that nearly half of its stars are double. The brightest component is a sixth magnitude star. This cluster, and those located near the nebulae in this area belong to the same spiral arm in which our solar system lies.