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NGC 1876

NGC 1876, OGLE-CL LMC 238, h 2804, GC 1085

RA: 05h 13m 19.04s
Dec: −69° 21′ 44.5″

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


(reference key)

Type: open cluster

Mag: B=11.54, V=11.71

Size: ?
PA: ?

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

NGC 1876. See NGC 1874.

Historical observations

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "The north following of two, forming a binuclear nebula at the southern extremity of an arc-formed cluster." On a second occassion he called it "pB, r, the most compressed part of an irregular binuclear nebula which terminates, to the south, an arc-formed cluster." His third observation was recorded as "the second, or northern nucleus of an irregular binuclear nebula which terminates, to the south, an arc-formed cluster." The final record reads: "B, irreg R (the following of two very close) connected by an arc-formed cluster with another." The other object is NGC 1874. Also in this grouping are NGC 1877 and NGC 1880.

Published comments

Hodge, P.W. & Lucke, P.B. (1970)

Hodge and Lucke (Astronomical Journal, Vol 75, No. 8, 1970, p933-937) identify this as an open cluster in the LMC, which lies within the LMC O-association No. 35; the brightest star in the cluster is 12.6 mag.


(Catalogues of Hydrogen Alpha Emission Stars and Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 2, 1956, p315) notes that his nebula LH N 120-113C "contains NGC 1876 and HD 34679 Cl, Con." He describes the nebula as 1.4' x 1.0', slightly irregular outline, round and showing some structural detail.

Shapley & 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)

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

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - circ 1' patch w/good UHC enhancement. four or five *s m13.5+ sup. BS,

13Nov1993, LCO.

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