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NGC 6785 = NGC 6778. JH's description reads "An eS stellar neb = a * 15m; it is 2/3 of a diam of field (= 10') from a double star which it follows, to S. Pos from the star = 240 deg +-. The RA is excessively loose." This fits N6778 if the phrase "which it follows" is changed to "which follows it." Then, the position angle agrees as well. This means, however, that not only is the RA "excessively loose," but that there is 30 arcmin error in JH's Dec as well.
Bigourdan's correction to the RA quoted in the IC2 Notes applies to a random clump of stars at JH's original (incorrect) Declination. These are clearly not NGC 6785.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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