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NGC 2083

NGC 2083, LHA 120-N 159D, ESO 57-14 (part of N159 Blob, Papillon Nebula), h 2952, GC 1281

RA: 05h 39m 59s
Dec: −69° 44′ 6″

Con: Dorado
Ch: MSA:495, U2:445, SA:24


(reference key)

Type: open cluster

Mag: B=?, V=10.83

Size: ?
PA: ?

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "The north following nucleus of the complex group of Plate III fig 4, from drawing." Herschel's sketch shows a complex object with four condensations or nuclei, involved in nebulosity. The four objects in this grouping are NGC 2078, 2079, 2083 and NGC 2084.

Published comments

Bailey, S.I. (1908)

"neb with a few *s inv; LMC."

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

Henize (1956)

Henize (Catalogues of Hydrogen Alpha Emission Stars and Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 2, 1956, p315) this is his nebula LH N 120-159D. He describes it as measuring 2.2' x 1.6', slightly elongated with a smooth edge and showing considerably 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 2078, 2083 and NGC 2084 together, giving the dimensions as 3.4' x 2.3'. They remark "scattered bright stars in dense nebulosity."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Press releases

ESO PR 1033: "New Tarantula image".

Modern observations

Morel, Mati (1996)

To: netastrocatalog@latrade.com From: Mati MOREL (morel@ozemail.com.au) Observer : M. Morel; Inst. aperture : 25cm; F/ratio : 4.5; Type : Newtonian; Magnification: 330x Field diam. : 13' Filter Type: O III Seeing : 2" Transparency : good Date: 1996 January 20, 12.15 UT [NGC 2079,2080,2083,2084,2086] are clustered together in a small field in the LMC. They are all either emission nebulae or combination emission nebulae and star clusters. IC 2145 is also small, but NGC 2083/84 is large with low surface brightness.

Brian Skiff

15cm - 195x: 1'.5 diam fairly f neb in wk cl w/m12.5 cen *. cl *s vf. mod UHC

enhancement. BS, 18Nov1993, LCO.

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