NGC6994 - M73
DSS image of NGC6994
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC6994, 15' x 15' with north at top and west to the right

DSS image of NGC6994
Overlaid DSS image of NGC6994, 15' x 15' with north at top and west to the right
Cr 426, GC 4617, Lund 972

Type  Asterism
Magnitude  8.9
Size  2.8'
RA (2000)  20h 58' 55.9"
Dec (2000)  12° 38' 8" S
Constellation  Aquarius
Description  Cl, eP, vlC, No neb

Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
19 Apr 2012 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

An odd group of four stars in a 'Y' pattern, it would take poor optics indeed to mistake this for a proper DSO

Andrew Cooper
18 Apr 2010 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

A small group of four dim stars ranging from 10th to 13th magnitude, three stars are arranged in an equilateral triangle with the fourth star in the center, a poor object but one could understand how it could be seen as a nebulae with inferior optics

Andrew Cooper
5 Sep 2008 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
28cm f/10 SCT Gypsy @ 233x

A group of four stars, nearly matched brightness, three arranged in an equilateral triangle, the remaining star just to the side, in the telescope this is a very plain object, M72 is 1°20' west

Andrew Cooper
21 Oct 2006 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
12x36 Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars

A tight group of a few stars, less than on field (1°20') east of M72, small, resolved, like M29 an object that looks more interesting at low power, one can understand why Messier included it in his list

Andrew Cooper
14 Nov 1998 Empire Mts., AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

I agree with Smyth in that it is a poor object, the dimmest star at magnitude 12.0 is just on the edge of visibility tonight, must use averted vision

Charles Messier
4 Oct 1780

Cluster of three or four small stars, which resembles a nebula at first sight, containing a little nebulosity: this cluster is situated on the same parallel as the preceding nebula [M72]: its position was determined from the same star Nu Aquarii."
Other Data Sources for NGC6994
Nearby objects for NGC6994
Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission. Use for non-profit and educational reasons is generally given on request.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.