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RA: 20h 20m 49.4s
Dec: −48° 14′ 22″
Ch: MSA:1472, U2:411, SA:23
Type: galaxy, S0:r
Mag: B=12.54, V=11.45
Size: 2.398′ x 2.041′
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pF, R, svmbM to a star 12m, 20 arcseconds." The next record reads: "pF, R, gbM, 20 arcseconds."
"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).
(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.
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.
Spectroscopic survey of southern compact and bright-nucleus galaxies – V. ??,??
= Fairall 537 (ESO 234 G 06)
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy.
Shobbrook (1966, Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., Vol 131, p351-363) notes that this member of the Telescopium Cluster has V = 12.14, B-V = 1.06 and U-B = 0.6. It measures 0.75 by 0.4.
by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p12.5.
15cm - mod f NNW of m8 * @ 80x. 140x: 1'.8x1'.2 in pa115 w/mod even concen to
vsm core and f *ar nuc. m14.5 * at edge on SE flank due S of center.
BS, 12Nov1993, LCO.
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