NGC 6934, also known as Caldwell 47, is a 9th magnitude globular cluster located in Delphinus. Backyard scopes show a fuzzy disk of nebulosity, about 5 arc minutes in diameter with a brighter core. The globular is not visually spectacular, but that's due to distance and not intrinsic brightness. At 50,000 light-years, it's one of the more remote globulars easily seen with amateur scopes.

William Herschel discovered NGC 6394 on September 24, 1785. He classified it as a "bright nebula" but wasn't able to resolve any stars.

The cluster is best seen during the months of July, August and September. It has a spatial diameter of 120 light-years and is estimated to contain about 250,000 stars. It's believed to be around 10 billion years old.

NGC 6934 (credit:- NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

Finder Chart for NGC 6934 (credit:- freestarcharts)

Finder Chart for NGC 6934 - pdf format (credit:- freestarcharts)

NGC 6934 is located 4 degrees south of Epsilon Delphini (mag. +4.0) and 1 degree northwest of a pair of 6th and 7th magnitude stars. The globular is a difficult binocular object, ideally requiring dark skies. A small 80mm (3.1-inch) refractor shows a faint, clearly non-stellar circular patch of light. Just to the west of the cluster is a 9th mag. star.

NGC 6934 can be partially resolved with a 300mm (12-inch) telescope. At about 200x magnification dozens of stars are revealed, especially on nights of good seeing. The cluster appears compressed and grainy. A very large 450mm (18-inch) scope at high powers will resolve some of the stars at the core. Photographically, NGC 6934 spans some 8.4 arc minutes across but visually it appears a few arc minutes less.

In Delphinus there is an even more distant globular, NGC 7006. It's located about 10 degrees to the northeast of NGC 6934 and at 135,000 light-years, is nearly three times further away.

NGC 6934 Data Table

NGC6934
Caldwell47
Object TypeGlobular Cluster
ConstellationDelphinus
Distance (light-years)50,000
Apparent Mag.+8.9
RA (J2000)20h 34m 11s
DEC (J2000)+07d 24m 16s
Apparent Size (arc mins)8.4
Radius (light-years)60
Age (years)10 Billion
Number of Stars250,000

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West:- Mars (mag. +1.6)
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Midnight
Southwest:- Jupiter
Southeast:- Saturn (mag. +0.2)
Morning
South:- Saturn
East:- Venus (mag. -4.7)

Southern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Mars
North:- Jupiter
Midnight
Northwest:- Jupiter
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Naked eye / binoculars:-
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Telescopes:-
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Messier 97 - M97 - The Owl Nebula (Planetary Nebula)
Messier 101 - M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
Messier 65 – M65 – Spiral Galaxy
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Messier 95 - M95 - Barred Spiral Galaxy
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