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RA: 17h 00m 50.39s
Dec: +23° 00′ 40″
Ch: MSA:1203, U2:157, SA:8
Ref: SIMBAD, NGC/IC
Type: galaxy (in pair), S0
Mag: B=13.4, V=12.5
Size: 1.819′ x 0.977′
NGC 6278 is the brightest galaxy of a group. See NGC 6276.
Synonyms: H III-124
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, stellar, verified with 240 power."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 14.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SO),SLEL,SLDIF,SMBM.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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