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RA: 04h 56m 42s
Dec: −66° 28′ 54″
Ch: MSA:485, U2:444, SA:24
Ref: SIMBAD, Skiff20080430-s
Type: association of stars
Mag: B=?, V=9.94
John Herschel recorded it as "chief star 9th mag in a large loose cluster." He next recorded it as "a cluster, 6th class." His final record reads: "place of a very close double star in a cluster class 6."
"cluster, irregular, fairly condensed, neb, one rather bright star; LMC."
Bailey, S.I. (1908) A catalogue of bright stars and nebulae. Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60(8), 199.
Shapley and Lindsay ("A Catalogue of Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud", Irish Astronomical Journal, Vol. 6, 1963) give a diameter of 4.3' x 2.3' and remark "bright loose group in nebulosity."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a cluster+nebulosity in the LMC.
15cm - 20' group incl seven clusters/nebulae centered on N1761 and m12 "central
star". at 80x this area contains ~120 *s excluding those directly
involved in nebulae. -61 itself is 5'x3' cen grp elong E-W that contains
30 *s mostly m13+ in unconcen cl. cen * is un= dbl w/fntr comp on W. no
neb here w/UHC filter. BS, 11Nov1993, LCO.
Annon. object in NGC 1761 region:
15cm - in N1761 region ~5' SW of N1760. 5" knot w/sm neb over it well enhanced
by UHC but not by [OIII]. m13.5 overall, vis @ 80x as non*ar spot. BS,
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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