Object: Open cluster NGC 6709 Constell: AQL RA: 18h 51.50m Decl: +10° 20.2' Epoch: 2000 Mag: 6.7m Size: 13' Type: IV 2 m Observer: Jere Kahanpää Obs. place: Jyväskylä, Finland Date/Time: 17./18.9.1993, 22.15 Telescope: R 150/2063 Magn: 52x Filter: Field: 50' NE Lim.mag: 5.3m Background sky: 3 Seeing: 2 Weather: Good, but cold. MW pretty well visible. Brightness: 2 Alt: 35° Description: A nice cluster of about 30 stars. A bright chain of stars running north from the brightest (9m) one dominates the cluster. Another slightly fainter chain begins from the bright double on the E side and joins the first chain near it's middle. Kind of an open cluster version of the dark markings in M13. No colours noted. There is a starless area between the brighest one and the mentioned double star.