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NGC 6857 (15,980 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 6857

NGC 6857, Min 1-98, PK 070+01 2, PN VV' 523, PN VV 247, III 144, h 2062, GC 4536

RA: 20h 01m 47.75s
Dec: +33° 31′ 38.2″

Con: Cygnus
Ch: MSA:1149, U2:119, SA:9


(reference key)

Type: bright nebula (HII region)

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H III-144

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Some extremely small stars, with nebulosity irregularly extended, verified with 240 power."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a planetary nebula.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Vehrenberg's Atlas of Galactic Neb-2 p71.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

PK: virreg w/f (?) on NE, br on SW (lobe elong in pa120).

15cm - mod f, vis easily @ 50x. gradual contrast improvement going from DS to

[OIII] filter. 140x: 30" across but not circ. fan-shaped w/sharply-

defined edge on NE, fanning broadly SW. m13 `cen *' nr NE border. m11.5

* at W edge; m14.5 * in SW side of neb. two more *s close on SSE & NE.

BS, 15Oct1990, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - found @ 90x. 180x & 240x show it boxed in among four *s in lousy square.

on SW is m12 *, NE is m13, SE is m14.5, NW is m12.5. the neb is circ

w/m14 cen *. neb fades at edges.

30cm - smlr than -94, but different in character. perhaps elong, but mess of

assoc *s confuses. 40" diam w/vsl concen. edges fades like gx, but I

have gxs on the brain though. CBL, Roof.

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