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RA: 01h 50m 30.92s
Dec: +06° 08′ 41.4″
Ch: MSA:241, U2:173, SA:10
Type: galaxy, S
Mag: B=13.5, V=?
Size: 2.398′ x 1.202′
Synonyms: H II-859
Discovered in 1790 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, S, E nearly in parallel, sp a small star."
An observer using the 72-inch f/8.8 speculum telescope at Birr Castle noted "Oct 7, 1850. Light rather equable, a minute star in the preceding part. Nov 24, 1851. elongated, a star of 10th mag N.f; sketched. Nov 28, 1856. I see stars sparkling in it at times."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,EL,BM,*CLOSE NFO.
Steve Coe, using a 13.1" f/5.6, notes: ""NGC 693 Pretty bright, small, round and much brighter in the middle at 100X."
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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