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NGC 5800

NGC 5800, ESO 223-11, h 3585, GC 4018

RA: 15h 01m 47.8s
Dec: −51° 55′ 7″

Con: Lupus
Ch: MSA:968, U2:431, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: open cluster, p

Mag: B=8, V=?

Size: 5′
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 "a pL cluster VII class; coarse, not comp, chief double star taken."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1995 May 28

1995-05-28: 11x80.Technopark. 20:15 SAST. Hazy sky, thin clouds. One of Herschel's Doubtfuls. I noticed this object earlier in the sweep before looking up its identity on the map. There are several stars in the binocular field which are of a similar magnitue. None of these exhibit a hazy envelope as does this star. I can imagine seeing a close companion to this star, contributing to the haze.

Magda Streicher

(no date)

NGC 5800 (15h 02m 00s, -51 55.1)

Doubtful Objects Report 4.

Location: Campsite South 23 16 - East 29 26

Telescope: Meade 8" 26mm eyepiece

Four stars forming a near triangle shape with the brightest member to the north east in a busy starfield. I think the combination can be described as an asterism.

(no date)

Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (95x, 218x)

Four stars forming a near triangle shape with the brightest member to the NE in a busy star field. I think the combination can be described as an asterism. The four stars is all about 9 Magnitude and rufly in a sling triangle shape. The western one is a double star with companion to south, and they are notable all yellow in colour. I estimate the group more or less 4' in size. Going to use this one with the small clusters and a sketch.

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