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NGC 6207 (13,906 of 18,816)


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NGC 6207

NGC 6207, LEDA 58827, MCG+06-37-007, UGC 10521, II 701, h 1969, GC 4231

RA: 16h 43m 3.89s
Dec: +36° 49′ 58.3″

Con: Hercules
Ch: MSA:1159, U2:114, SA:8


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), S

Mag: B=11.9, V=?

Size: 2.951′ x 1.23′
PA: 15°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-701

Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, pS, E sp-nf, vgmbM."

Webb, T.W. (1893)

In the 5th edition of Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes it is mentioned in the description of M13: ". . . The neighbourhood [of M13] is beautiful with a low power. A faint nebula [NGC 6207] about 40' N.f."

Published comments

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 9/82 p292 (also visible IC 4615, Sky&Tel. 11/76 p395 (IC 4615), Deep Sky #3 Su83 p16.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,HISB.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that this small 3' long spiral is located just 40 arcminutes northeast of M13. "Although brighter than 12th magnitude, it's an easy target for my 4-inch Clark refractor on a good night . . . under good skies a 6-inch should easily snare this 11th mag spiral. Large apertures may show what appears to be a bright nucleus, but it is really a faint foreground star superimposed on the galaxy. If you can see this star, try looking for the very faint galaxy IC 4617."

Sweetman, Michael E. (1992)

Michael Sweetman (Tucson, Arizona, USA) observing with a 6-inch refractor, writes in the The Webb Society Nebulae and Clusters Section Report No. 10, July 1992: " ... nearby [M13, the ] galaxy NGC 6207, shows as a small, faint smudge of light to the N.f. side of the field."

Brian Skiff

NGC: pa45.

UGC: pa15:.

POSS: pa24. 28' NE of center of M13. m12.5 * 2'.35 in pa133; m12.8 *

1'.35 in pa102; m13.2 * (single!) 2'.3 in pa170. sep of first two *s


13cm - 60x: easy to see, largeish. halo poorly concen but center starry, rel

br. elong ~2:1, ~N-S, ~2'x1'. 11Sep1983, USNO.

15cm - mod br, 30' NNE of M13. clearly elong 2'.5x1' in pa15, mod even concen

except sup * on nuc. outline tapered oval w/narrow-rounded ends a few

m12-13 *s on E & SE sides. BS, 22May1988, Anderson Mesa.

- mod br @ 50x 25' NNE of M13. tapered oval in pa35 w/wk even concen

across center except for sup m13.5 *. halo 2'x0'.7 or approx = distance

to m13 * SE (sl brtr than sup *). core approx = sep of * ESE (sl fntr

than nuc) and m13 * SE. vf pair a sim distance SSE. BS, 4Jul1989,

Anderson Mesa.

25cm - not br or interesting. 1'.5x1' elong NE-SW.

- has *ar nuc, flat outer haze.

- fairly br @ 190x. 1'.75x0'.75 in pa30. broadly brtr center is irreg,

caused perhaps by m13.5 * sup on N edge of brtrst part. sharply tapered

ends. BS, 23May1982, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - 190x: three *s glimpsed nr neb. no details.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

1998 August

Location: Campsite (23 16 South - 29 26 East).

Telescope: Meade 8" 18mm eyepiece, 36 arcmin f.o.v.

Date: August 1998.

Sky conditions: Not very good.

Description: Could not find it - only a few bright stars in a bare starfield.

(no date)

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

12-inch f/10 SCT (218x, 346x)

Like most galaxies it shines like a soft cloud, somewhat brighter to the middle. Elongated in a southwest to northeast direction. NGC 6207 is a lovely elongated haze N-S. Lies about ° east-northeast of M13

Tom Bryant

2008-05-28 23:00:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[16h 43m 6s, 36 50m 0s] A streak in position angle 30. Sb? Burnham: Sc. Just NE of M 13.

2009 8 14 21:12:20

Observing site: Little Tycho Observatory

Telescope: C-8

[16h 43m 6s, 36 50m 0s] A ghost of a galaxy, a barely visible smudge in tonight's light polluted skies. Seen only with the aid of the finder chart.

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