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NGC 6814

NGC 6814, LEDA 63545, MCG-02-50-001, III 744, h 2045, GC 4507

RA: 19h 42m 40.4s
Dec: −10° 19′ 24″

Con: Aquila
Ch: MSA:1339, U2:297, SA:16


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (Seyfert 1), Sbc

Mag: B=11.85, V=?

Size: 3.311′ x 1.584′
PA: 89°

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

NGC 6814. See NGC 6822 = IC 4895.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H III-744

Discovered in 1788 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, pL, R, vgmbM."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

This 12.2 magnitude spiral galaxy in Aquila is described in the NGC as "pretty faint, pretty large, round, brighter in the middle, resolvable."

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

F, 2' diam., R. single branched spiral with B alm.stell.N.; in a rich field.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham notes that it measures 2'.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,BM,HISB,BDBARMS DKLNS,RI*FLD.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 20 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

de Vaucouleurs, G. et al. (1991) Third Ref. Cat. of Bright Galaxies (RC3)

This galaxy is listed in the "Third Reference Catalogue of Bright Galaxies" as being a bright Seyfert galaxy. The integrated B magnitude of the stellar system (excluding the nucleus) = 12.10, and the B magnitude of the quasi-stellar nucleus = 15.65.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Burnhams V1 p231, Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p20.

Modern observations

Sanford (1989) Observing the Constellations

Sanford notes that "there is one good galaxy in Aquila, in the southeastern portion. NGC 6814 is a small (2') round face-on galaxy of about 12th magnitude which should show its bright arms with a 14-inch or larger instrument."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12M; 2' diameter; see photo at HAG-20."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty large, bright middle, elongated 1.2 X 1 in PA 0, in a nice, rich field at 100X"

Brian Skiff

Hubble: m13.5 pair 1'.7 NE is 22"sep in pa87. f * at pa265, 26" from center.

15cm - f, round, 1' diam. br core w/o nuc.

- mod br but modlosfcbr @ 80x. seems approx circ, poss elong sl ESE-WNW, halo doesn't quite reach m13.5 * 1'.25 NW, call it 2'.25 diam. mod broad concen to tiny core and occas vis *ar nuc. two m14.5-15 *s farther ENE. occas glimpse */*ing due W of center halfway from center to edge. nice *ry fld @ 50x/1.2 deg and 80x/50'. BS, 14Oct1990, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - mod br in *ry fld. m12.5 * on NW edge. 1'.25 diam. core elong in pa90 w/f *ar nuc.

30cm - modsfcbr w/little concen @ 149x. * NW. 238x shows f *ar nuc, uneven 1'.25 core. overall size 2'.5x2'. CBL, Roof.

- 250x: evenly concen then abrupt to consp *ar nuc (m13.5) and sm surrounding (10") area. m13.5 pair of 30" sep in pa75 lies 1'.25 NE. inner regions circ, 1'.25 diam, vf halo extends to 2'x1'.5 in pa70---a sl brtning is along maj axis, passing through center and extending into halo. vf * is vis 35" from nuc in pa250. brtst nrby * is 1' NW, m12.5. CBL, 12Aug1983, USNO.

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