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RA: 15h 47m 42s
Dec: +28° 37′ 51.4″
Con: Corona Borealis
Ch: MSA:645, U2:113, SA:7
Type: galaxy (in pair)
Mag: B=17, V=?
Size: 0.263′ x 0.066′
NGC 6002 may be a star 1.9 arcmin south of NGC 6001. It was found by Lord Rosse while he was examining NGC 6001 = H III 371. While he gives a micrometric offset from the galaxy (PA = 197.3 deg, distance = 97.6 arcsec), there is nothing in his place. A pretty low surface brightness spindle galaxy, MCG +05-37-026, is about an arcmin northwest of Lord Rosse's position, but it is faint enough that I doubt that he would have seen it. The star is closer to the measured position, but it, too, is quite faint. So, this remains a bit of a mystery.
The galaxy that Wolfgang chose as N6002 is much too faint to have been seen visually, even with the 72-inch. I would put my money on the star and some kind of measuring error.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads =6001S,NF DC.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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