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NGC 6181 (13,788 of 18,816)


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NGC 6181

NGC 6181, LEDA 58470, MCG+03-42-020, UGC 10439, II 753, GC 4218

RA: 16h 32m 20.96s
Dec: +19° 49′ 35.5″

Con: Hercules
Ch: MSA:1229, U2:156, SA:8


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), Sc

Mag: B=12.7, V=?

Size: 2.454′ x 1.047′
PA: 175°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-753

Discovered in 1788 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pF, pS, vlE, mbM."

Published comments


Two supernovae erupted in this galaxy; 1926 (14.2p), 1951 (15.7p)

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,HISB,VDIFARM NORTH S ARM SHORT BKNWD.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 29 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p29.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.5M; 2'x 1' extent; see photo at HAG-29."

Brian Skiff

UGC: pa175.

POSS: m10.5-11 * 2'.4 W/sl N. m12.5-13 * 1'.4 SW (pa208). gx in pa0 in

core & halo.

15cm - f, E of m10.5 *. f * S forms triangle w/gx and br *.

- mod br @ 50x. 140x: forms triangle w/m11 * W and m12.5 * S. 1'.5x0'.75

in pa170, about as long as distance to * S. rectangular oval outline of

hisfcbr and mod broad concen. occas sparkle nr center. BS, 3Jul1989,

Anderson Mesa.

25cm - 1'.5x1' in pa165. br core w/*ings but no *ar nuc. rectangular.

30cm - easy @ 149x. m12.5 * 1'.5 SW. 238x: 2'x1' in pa160. nicely concen with

0'.8 circ core. perhaps sub*ar nuc.

- 2' E of m12.5 *. 149x: 1'.5x0'.8 in pa0. 238x: core elong in pa150,

0'.8x0'.5. fairly concen w/occas non *ar nuc. m13.5 * 1'.4 S.

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