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Type: galaxy (in cluster), S...
Mag: B=12.69, V=?
Size: 2.344′ x 1.148′
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pF, R, psbM, resolvable, 25 arcseconds."
"pretty faint, small, round, pretty suddenly brighter in the middle, mottled".
Spectroscopic survey of southern compact and bright-nucleus galaxies – II. Mon.N.R.Astro.Soc., 188, 349-356.
NGC 6673 = ESO 140-G44 = Fairall 186
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads 24-EL,BM,DIFHALO,.
In a 15.5-inch telescope at 220x, this faint galaxy is seen in a starfield peppered with very faint stars. A confusing object visually, partially because the galaxy is small and faint, but also because of the rich starfield. The galaxy appears as an extended, nebulous object, but there seems to be a bright starlike point involved, as if a field star appears right next to the galaxy. Although readily seen, there is no detail visible in this small galaxy.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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