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NGC 6630 (15,192 of 18,816)


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NGC 6630

NGC 6630, ESO 103-26, LEDA 62008, SGC 182749-6319.7, h 3745, GC 4408

RA: 18h 32m 34.6s
Dec: −63° 17′ 30″

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


(reference key)

Type: galaxies (interacting)

Mag: B=14.69, V=13.97

Size: 0.758′ x 0.66′
PA: ?

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 "pF, S, R, gbM, 15 arcseconds."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

description reads: "pretty faint, small, round, gradually brighter towards the centre."

Published comments

Evans & Thackeray (1950)

A photographic survey of bright southern planetary nebulae. M.N.R.A.S., 110(5), 429-439.

Shapley, H. (1936)

Shapley, H. (1936) Five planetary nebulae and a globular cluster. Harvard Obs. Bull., No. 902, 26-27.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Modern observations


This faint planetary nebula lies 2 south of 6th magnitude Nu Pavonis. It lies less than one degree away from the very similar planetary IC 4723. You will need a 12-inch or larger telescope on a very dark night to spot this dim 15th magnitude object. It is slightly flattened, measuring 19" by 15", and looks like a faint, out of focus star at high magnification. Because of its very low surface brightness, it shows no colour and appears a pale grey.

ASV Journal (1971)

Vol 24 No 3 June 1971: "difficult, requires large aperture."

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

2006 May 30


16-inch f/10 SCT (127x, 290x)

Very small and faint just seen with averted vision. Slightly oval E-W with a lovely short string of stars 7' to the NW. IC 4723 is 22' towards the east but not sure about the sighting.

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