M72 NGC 6981

Object Type 4 Stars
Constellation Aquarius
Magnitude 9.0
Size 3.0' x 3.0'

M73 is a small group of 4 stars that Messier thought was a cluster and so catalogued them as M73. There is still some doubt as to the nature of M73. Some observers still think they might be physically related, however the latest results seem to indicate that it is just an asterism.

Combination of 10, 1 minute images.
SBIG STL-1001E CCD. 20" f/6.8 Dall-Kirkham cassegrain telescope at prime focus.