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NGC 6868

NGC 6868, AM 2006-483, ESO 233-39, LEDA 64192, SGC 200616-4831.6, h 3814, GC 4546

RA: 20h 09m 54.12s
Dec: −48° 22′ 47.4″

Con: Telescopium
Ch: MSA:1472, U2:411, SA:23

Ref: SIMBAD

(reference key)

Type: galaxy, E...

Mag: B=11.83, V=10.79

Size: 3.63′ x 2.951′
PA: 86°

Historical observations

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 "vB, S, R, pgmbM, 20 arcseconds." On a second occassion he called it "vB, R, gvmbM, 30 arcseconds."

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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).

Sandage (1975)

Sandage (1975(Astrophysical Journal, 202, 563-582) notes that this galaxy is a member of the Telescopium Group. Members include NGC 6851, NGC 6861, NGC 6861D, NGC 6868, NGC 6870, NGC 6875, NGC 6878, NGC 6890, NGC 6893, NGC 6902, NGC 6909 & ESO 285- G 7.

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the five brightest members of the NGC 6861 Group are NGC 6868, NGC 6861, ESO 285- G 7, NGC 6902 & NGC 6893.

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 member of the Telescopium Cluster has V = 11.58, B-V = 1.03 and U-B = 0.61. It measures 0.9 by 0.7.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - brtst of grp @ 80x. 140x: 2'x1'.6 in pa70. strong even concen to brtr oval core and *ar nuc. m15 * NE edge. BS, 12Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

22 August 1998

22 August 1998, Farm site, Meade 8" with a 18mm wide angle & 26mm Plossl, 36' fov, Sky Conditions: Clear 7 to 8 magnitude

Resembles a small roundish elongated (west to east) shadow, getting slowly brighter to the nucleus. Bright stars to the west a few arc minutes away. Busy medium starfield.

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