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NGC 6908

NGC 6908, GC 5957

RA: 20h 25m 8.92s
Dec: −24° 48′ 3″

Con: Capricornus
Ch: MSA:1385, U2:343, SA:23

Ref: SIMBAD, Corwin (2004)

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Type: galaxy, S0

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

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

NGC 6908 is a companion of NGC 6907 superposed on its northeastern arm. Barry Madore first pointed this out to me after he examined an image from 2MASS -- N6908 is clearly a separate object interacting with N6907. It is overwhelmed on blue plates by N6907's arm, but is clearly seen not only in the 2MASS images, but on red plates as well. I suspect it would be just as clearly seen at the eyepiece of a large telescope.

Marth's original description reads "eF, vS, lE (close to h. 2076)." Dreyer shortened the parenthetical comment to read "h2076 p". This is just enough different that it may have thrown both RC1 and RNGC off the trail; both noted it as identical to N6908.

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 9 (1912)

pF, 2' x 1' spiral.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

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Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Did not see from a dark site on a clear evening, I rated the night 8/10 for seeing and 8/10 for transparency."

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