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NGC 559

NGC 559, Cl Collinder 13, C 0126+630, OCISM 74, Ocl 322, Caldwell 8, VII 48, h 124, GC 330

RA: 01h 29m 33s
Dec: +63° 18′ 6″

Con: Cassiopeia
Ch: MSA:34, U2:16, SA:1

Ref: SIMBAD, Collinder (1931), DAML02, Archinal&Hynes (2003), Skiff20080430-s

(reference key)

Type: open cluster, 11m

Mag: B=9.85, V=9.5

Size: 6′
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-473, H VII-048

H VII-048 was recorded on November 9, 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "a compressed cluster of some pL and many vS stars, iR, 6' or 7' diameter."

Published comments

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Deep Sky #8 Fa84 p25.

Trumpler, R.J. (1928)

Trumpler (Lick Obs Bulletin, Vol 14, No. 420) gives the diameter as 6' and the class as I 2 m

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 7.5 mag open cluster.

Modern observations

Ancient City Astron.Club (1980)

Listed by the Herschel Club, described as "some 60 stars were counted in this rich and bright cluster, loosely scattered. Appears to be a chain of stars with a fairly bright star situated within the cluster. 6-inch, 43x."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "9.5M; 4' diameter; 50-plus 10M and dimmer members; compact and rich group."

Brian Skiff

who-sis: string of *s NW about m10.5.

8cm - sim to oc N659 @ 20x. gran-to-partially res. string of four *s extend NW from center. BS, 17Oct1982, Anderson Mesa.

15cm - mod f grainy/fuzzy cl @ 80x distinguished by triangle on m11 *s sup nr center. 140x/165x: outliers reach NW as far as m10.5 * at NW edge. few *s in SE quad SE of triangle. 30 *s mostly m13.5+ w/mod concen. BS,11Dec1990, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - sm, 3' diam w/three brtr *s and 20 f threshold mag *s.

30cm - three br *s in SE section of cl. 40 *s counted fntr than m12 w/even sprinkling, mostly m12. highly irreg outline: stretches to SW w/curving line to NE. NW 5' is m10 *. 9'x5' in pa45.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 11 14 1:30:34

Observing site: Little Tycho Observatory

Telescope: C-8

[1h 29m 30s, 63 18m 0s] A faint smattering of nebulosity surrounding 3 9-10mv stars. WikiSky: the nebulosity is a cloud of about 30 13...mv stars. Tonight's skies were hazy, and the night ended early, clouded out.

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