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NGC 6678

NGC 6678

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

NGC 6678 = NGC 6667 (which is also = NGC 6668, which see). IC 4762 = Big 332 is a double star at exactly the location given by Bigourdan. Until I found that it was a double star, I thought that it might be NGC 6678, found by Swift (it is No. 99 in his first list), and with an identical declination. However, I'm more inclined to believe that N6678 is the same as NGC 6667 (see NGC 6668 for more discussion); this galaxy is brighter than the double star, and its inner regions might be taken as a "pF, pS, R" nebula. Howe could not find this, either, but suggested no alternative identification for it.

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William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H VI-015

Observed during a sweep on the night of July 12, 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "a suspected cluster of vF stars of considerable extent, not verified."

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Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

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