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NGC 6769

NGC 6769, ESO 141-48, LEDA 63042, SGC 191357-6035.5, VV 304a, h 3783, GC 4476

RA: 19h 18m 22.6s
Dec: −60° 30′ 2″

Con: Pavo
Ch: MSA:1507, U2:435, SA:26


(reference key)

Type: galaxy

Mag: B=12.88, V=12.04

Size: 1.737′ x 1.584′
PA: 20°

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

The NGC records "very faint, small, round, a little brighter in the middle, the first of three." The other two objects are the small, extremely faint galaxies NGC 6770 & NGC 6771.

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 "vF, R, lbM, 20 arcseconds, The first of 3."

Published comments

Reynolds, J.H. (1921)

Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone 40° to 90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.

Table, p601. 3x2

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

Table IV: Position corrected.

Shapley, H. & Ames, A. (1932)

Shapley, H. & Ames, A. (1932) A survey of the external galaxies brighter than the thirteenth magnitude. Annals Harvard College Obs., 88(2), 43.

Position given in NGC corrected by that published by Reinmuth's Die Herschel Nebel.

Bailey, S.I. (1913)

Bailey, examining a Bruce plate (Harvard Annals, Vol 72, No 2), describes it as "extremely faint nebulosity, bright nucleus, 1.5' x 1.0' at 135 deg, spiral?"

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).

Duus, A. & Newell, B. (1977)

NGC 6769 Group

Duus, A. & Newell, B. (1977) A catalog of southern groups and clusters of galaxies. Astrophys.J.Suppl.Ser., 35, 209-219.

Burbidge & Burbidge (1961)

Burbidge, E.M. & Burbidge, G.R. (1961) Recent investigations of groups and clusters of galaxies. Astron.J., 66(10), 541.

Sandage (1975)

Sandage (1975(Astrophysical Journal, 202, 563-582) notes that this galaxy is a member of the NGC 6769 Group. Members include NGC 6739, NGC 6769, NGC 6770, NGC 6771, NGC 6782, IC 4827, IC 4831, IC 4842 & IC 4845. Possible additional members include NGC 6753, NGC 6758, NGC 6780, NGC 6776, IC 4837, IC 4839 & IC 4889.

West, R.M. (1977)

Spectroscopic observations of galaxies from the ESO/Uppsala list. First catalogue. Astron. Astrophys. Suppl., 27, 73-88.

West (1977, Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. 27, 73-88) writes: "The unfiltered plate (figure 7) is probably one of the deepest plates ever made of this otherwise well-studied system [NGC 6769, NGC 6770 & NGC 6771] ... they are seen in front of a distant galaxy cluster, the centre of which is 6' NNE of the NGC 6769."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy.

Shobbrook (1966)

Shobbrook (1966, Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., Vol 131, p351-363) notes that this field galaxy to the Centaurus Cluster has V = 12.45, B-V = 0.83 and U-B = 0.28. It measures 1.65 by 1.06.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky Catal. 2000 (Vol 2, 1985) pxxxiii, Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p3.1.

Modern observations


This faint barred spiral in Pavo glows at magnitude 11.8 and spans 2.5' by 1.7'. It shows as a pale, uniformly bright oval of nebulosity.

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