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NGC 220 (432 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 220

NGC 220, Cl Kron 18, Cl Lindsay 22, ESO 29-3, OGLE-CL SMC 8, h 2338, GC 115

RA: 00h 40m 30.54s
Dec: −73° 24′ 10.4″

Con: Tucana
Ch: MSA:502, U2:460, SA:24


(reference key)

Type: open cluster

Mag: B=14.61, V=14.39

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 "F, vgbM, irregular figure." On a second occasion he called it "The first of an irregular string of nebulae and stars which descends at an angle of about 45 degrees from the centre to the edge of the field (i.e. in a n f direction)." His third observation was recorded as "F, R; the field is full of the nebulous light of the Nubecula Minor."

West to east there are NGC 220, NGC 222, and NGC 231.

Published comments

Kron (1956)

Kron, G. E. (1956) Star Clusters in the Small Magellanic Cloud: I. Identification of 69 Clusters. PASP, Vol. 68. [1956PASP...68..125K]

Describes it as a blue cluster, noting the presence of bright blue giant stars. He notes that it is concentrated towards the centre and exhibits emission nebulosity.

Lindsay (1956)

Lindsay ("Clusters in the Small Magellanic Cloud", Irish Astronomical Journal, Vol. 4, 1956)

Classified as an open cluster.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag open cluster in the SMC.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod f cl, SWrn of pair w/N222. m11.5 * lies btwn. circ, 1' diam and

gran to part-res @ 140x. wk even concen. BS, 9Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1997 October 09

1997-10-09, 02:30, Jonkershoek, seeing 3, transparency 3, darkness 3. 11x80 bincos. "Not found."

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