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NGC 6914

NGC 6914

Remarks

See NGC 6914A, NGC 6914B, and NGC 6914C.

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

NGC 6914 is the northern-most of three similar nebulae, probably all reflection nebulae -- the show up best on the POSS1 blue plate. Interestingly, the area on the red plate is dominated by a large HII region, centered 20-30 arcmin to the northeast of N6914. Are the reflection nebulae part of the same system of gas and dust, or are they merely superposed along the line of sight? I suspect the former, but of course can't say for sure.

Published comments

Lynds, B.T. (1965)

(Astrophysical Journal Supplement, No 105, 1965) in her Catalogue of Bright Nebulae notes that this nebula is very bright, more prominent on the blue POSS plate and has a maximum size of 3' x 3'.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Bernes, C. (1977)

Bernes, C. (1977) A catalogue of bright nebulosities in opaque dust clouds.

Bernes 23, 24 and 25 are parts of NGC 6914.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.8M; 13' diameter; 3-part nebula system; faint and large with 9M star involved."

Brian Skiff

15cm - nothing obvious @ 30x for lg piece, nor 50x for smlr parts. BS,

17June1991, Anderson Mesa.

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