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NGC 6588

NGC 6588, ESO 103-14, h 3738, GC 4394

RA: 18h 20m 58.8s
Dec: −63° 48′ 35″

Con: Pavo
Ch: MSA:1521, U2:455, SA:26

Ref: Corwin (2004), DAML02, Archinal&Hynes (2003)

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Type: asterism?

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 4′ x 1.5′
PA: ?

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 6588 is probably one of the asterisms that I've listed in the position table. My guess is the line of three or four stars that I've marked with a colon. The southern most of these is the brightest, and is a merged double which might have looked nebulous on a night of less than perfect seeing. It is at JH's declination and is just 30 seconds preceding his RA. Otherwise, JH's description, "eF, S; among stars. A *6 m sp 10 arcmin distant," fits nicely. The star is SAO 254209.

However, there are two other asterisms that might be JH's object. I've listed them with question marks. I also checked for a large blunder in the position, but found none. In particular, the other objects in this sweep (No. 708 on 8 June 1836), are in the same declination range, and at much the same RA as well.

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "eF, S, among stars. A star about 6m S.p. 10' distant."

Published comments

Stewart (1908) Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60 (6)

Table IV: Not seen, sev vF *, no neb.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.

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