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NGC 2414

NGC 2414, Cl Collinder 150, C 0731-153, Ocl 598, COCD 145, VIII 37, h 455, GC 1545

RA: 07h 33m 12.8s
Dec: −15° 27′ 14″

Con: Puppis
Ch: MSA:320, U2:274, SA:12

Ref: SIMBAD, Collinder (1931), DAML02, NGC/IC, Archinal&Hynes (2003)

(reference key)

Type: open cluster, 13m

Mag: B=8.33, V=7.9

Size: 5′
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H VIII-037

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "a small cluster of pretty compressed stars of various sizes, not very rich."

Published comments

Vogt, N. & Moffat, A.F.J. (1972/3)

Vogt. N. & Moffat, AFJ (1972), "Southern Open Star Clusters I." Astron.Astrophys.Suppl., 7, 133-167. [image, table]

Examining 10 stars in the cluster, they determine its distance as 4.15 kpc; "this places NGC 2414 in the outer spiral arm +II"

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 8.0 mag open cluster.

Trumpler, R.J. (1928)

Trumpler (Lick Obs Bul, Vol 14, No. 420) gives the diameter as 8' and the class as 1 3 p.

Modern observations

AJ Crayon

AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: "is an open cluster. It is 3' has an 8m star involved in 3' glow containing 5 stars of 11m, there is a 3' chain of 3 stars to the north northwest and another 3' chain of 4 stars going south from east edge, at 100X."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, in SACNEWS On-Line for February 1996, writes: "NGC 2414 is bright, pretty large, not compressed, 22 stars counted at 100X. This cluster consisted of three star chains and an unresolved hazy background. See this nice cluster at 7 hr 33.3 min and -15 27."

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Bright, pretty large, not compressed, 22 stars counted at 100X. This cluster consisted of three star chains and an unresolved hazy backround."

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1995

6-inch f/8 Newt: "A very poor cluster with 1 bright star - 8th mag - and less than a dozen 10-11th mag stars scattered to the west and north-west in an elongated area. Needs high power to bring up."

Magda Streicher

2006 December 15

Alldays

12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 218x)

Conditions: Good

Very much a dainty elongated group in a N-S curved direction. A string of 12-13 magnitude stars shape in a neat little string with member on the western and eastern sides. Double variable star 8.4-magnitude HD 60308 is situated inside the cluster just east of the string.

Tom Bryant

2011 2 23 21:39:5

Observing site: Little Tycho Observatory

Telescope: C-8

[7h 33m 18s, -15 27' 0"] A bright 8mv star with 4 9.5-10.5mv stars around it, and some fainter ones barely glimpsed. Hardly a cluster. A degree south west of M 47.

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