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NGC 1874

NGC 1874, ESO 56-84, LHA 120-N 113D, OGLE-CL LMC 237, h 2803, GC 1084

RA: 05h 13m 18s
Dec: −69° 21′ 42″

Con: Dorado
Ch: MSA:496, U2:444, SA:24

Ref: SIMBAD, Corwin (2004)

(reference key)

Type: open cluster

Mag: B=12.47, V=12.81

Size: ?
PA: ?

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 1874, NGC 1876, and NGC 1877 are three emission nebulae in a large complex star-forming region in the LMC. ESO did not provide separate positions for them, so those adopted here come from GSC or from offsets to GSC stars. JH's positions are excellent for the first two, adequate for the third -- but that comes from a sketch drawn on 17 Jan 1838, not from one of the sweeps, so I'd expect lesser accuracy for it.

Historical observations

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "the south preceding of two, forming a binuclear nebula at the southern extremeity of an arc-formed cluster of stars." The other object is NGC 1876. Also in this grouping are NGC 1877 and NGC 1880.

Published comments

Henize (1956)

Henize (Catalogues of Hydrogen Alpha Emission Stars and Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 2, 1956, p315) describes it as measuring 65 x 73 arcseconds, round with a smooth boundary and only slight structural detail.

Shapley & Lindsay (1963)

Shapley and Lindsay ("A Catalogue of Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud", Irish Astronomical Journal, Vol. 6, 1963) group NGC 1874, 1876 and NGC 1877 together as a 2.4' x 2.4' group of "bright scattered stars in nebulosity."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a cluster+nebulosity in the LMC.

Bailey, S.I. (1908)

"cluster of stars and small nebulae, including NGC 1876-1877 and 1880. LMC."

Bailey, S.I. (1908) A catalogue of bright stars and nebulae. Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60(8), 199.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - circ 30" emission patch w/good UHC enhancement. two m14 *s sup, perhaps

one or two others. BS, 13Nov1993, LCO.

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