The Lizard is a very faint constellation which was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in 1687. Its brightest star reaches only 3.8m. It contains hardly any worthwhile objects, but the Milky Way in the southeastern part of the constellation is well worth seeing. Many stars in this region are part of a 2,000 light-years distant star association.
NGC 7243 is a 2,500 light-years distant star cluster of about 40 stars of which about ten can be seen in binoculars. The other stars blur into a pale shimmer. The 21 arcmin large star cluster is hidden in a star-rich part of the Milky Way and is about 100 million years old. NGC 7243 and the stars α and β Lacertae form an almost equilateral triangle with 2.5° long sides.