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NGC 6873 (16,051 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 6873

NGC 6873, h 2068, GC 4550

RA: 20h 07m 13.8s
Dec: +21° 06′ 8″

Con: Sagitta
Ch: MSA:1194, U2:163, SA:9

Ref: Corwin (2004), DAML02

(reference key)

Type: asterism

Mag: B=?, V=8.4

Size: 15′
PA: ?

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

NGC 6873. JH's position (and so GC and NGC) is 1 minute of time too large. The correct position for Struve 2631 (the double star noted in the description) puts it into the midst of a relatively rich Milky Way field. But JH is right in calling it "... a coarse straggling group of stars 10...13m, hardly entitled to be called a cluster." The grouping is approximately 13 arcmin x 10 arcmin with a center of gravity just south of the double very close JH's position corrected by 1 minute in RA.

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads ** DC.

Modern observations

Rajanen, Petteri (1993)

Petteri Rajanen (Kauppi, Tampere, Finland) observing with a 8-inch f/5 at x76, writes in the The Webb Society Nebulae and Clusters Section Report No. 11, January 1993: "HII region. Can be seen almost at once wqith x76 + UHC and with x200+UHC there seems to be a brightening on south side. Two stars in the neb, aligned roughly N-S; the nebulosity is similarly aligned. Elusive edges but overall shape fairly clear."

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

(no date)

Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (95x, 218x)

Just a pretty double star 8 and 9.1Magnitude and PA 315. N-S. Four stars share the field of view around this double, south, west and north which is somewhat more outstanding against the fainter back ground.

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