NGC 7044 (Lund 984, Cr 433) Open Cluster in Cygnus

Located at: RA 21 hours 13 minutes 09 seconds, Dec +42 degrees 29 minutes 44 seconds

Size: 5.0' (7.0') Magnitude: 12.0 Class: I 1 r

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Red (Hoya 25A) filter, 200 minutes (20 x 10 minute subs), 10/31 & 11/3/2006

Processing:

CCDStack 1.1, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: According to "Star Clusters", by Brent Archinal and Steven Hynes, the size of this open cluster is 7.0 arc minutes.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 7044

NGC 7044 = Lund 984 = OCL-198
21 13 09.4 +42 29 46
Size 3.5

17.5": at 100x, faint, small, a few stars are resolved over a 4' glowing spot at 
220x.  About 20 faint stars are resolved over background haze, 4' diameter, 
irregular outline.  A wide pair of brighter mag 10.5/12.5 stars are at the east 
edge.  About 10 mag 12-13 stars are clearly visible and 10 additional mag 14-15 
stars are visible with averted vision.  Appears like a partially resolved low 
surface brightness globular cluster in a rich field.

8": about 10 faint mag 12/13 stars over unresolved haze, unimpressive.  
Elongated N-S, small but not rich.  Some scattered bright stars are in field to 
the NE.

- by Steve Gottlieb