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Type: star cloud
Mag: B=?, V=?
NGC 6437 is a star cloud in the Milky Way centered about 0.7 minutes preceding and 4 arcmin north of JH's approximate position. There is no nebulosity associated with it; the numerous faint stars in the area must have given the impression of nebulosity at the eyepiece during sweeping.
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "a very decided, tolerably defined semi-nebulous mass in milky way, with abundance of vS stars, forming altogether a telescopic magellanic cloud. It fills about a field and has branches and sinuses, and is altogether a very remarkable object."
The SAC database comments: "HYNES: 6in, very faint, adjoins large cluster to west"
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NOCL S.
Instrument: Meade XL 200.
Eyepiece: Super 40mm.
Field of view: 52.7 minutes.
NGC 6437 in Scorpio 17 49 (-35 26).
Very very busy starfield with faint stars to the middle and brighter one's to the edges. Faint stars form a sort of a long hazy tri-angle shape with 3 stars in a row marks the shorter bar of the shape. You have to look very carefully to see a grouping of stars.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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