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NGC 4844 (10,662 of 18,816)


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NGC 4844

NGC 4844

RA: 12h 58m 8.35s
Dec: −13° 04′ 47.7″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:820, U2:284, SA:14


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Type: star (single)

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

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

NGC 4844 is probably the star listed in the position list, fingered by both Wolfgang and myself. Tempel gives no position for it, merely saying "... on the parallel with the nebula [NGC 4838], another faint, small one follows..." If the NGC position -- presumeably one that he sent to Dreyer -- is good, then the listed star is the likely candidate.

Another possibility is one that I noted in ESGC: the star superposed southwest of the nucleus of NGC 4838. I think now that this is less likely as Tempel probably would have mentioned the proximity to N4838.

Other possible stars in the area that he could have seen are at 12 55 37.32, -12 49 09.4 and 12 55 33.08, -12 47 28.3. There is a very faint galaxy near his position, too, but he could not have seen it with his 11-inch refractor.

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

Recorded by Tempel as "F,S".

Published comments

SAC database

The SAC database comments: "Star superimp 30arcsec SE of center of NGC 4838"

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.

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