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NGC 6942

NGC 6942, AM 2036-542, ESO 186-73, LEDA 65172, SGC 203652-5428.9, h 3837, GC 4592

RA: 20h 40m 37.6s
Dec: −54° 18′ 13″

Con: Indus
Ch: MSA:1489, U2:437, SA:26


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, SBa

Mag: B=13.1, V=12.1

Size: 2.187′ x 1.659′
PA: 150°

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, R, pslbM, 1'."

Published comments

Green, M.R. & Dixon, K.L. (1978)

Green, M. R. & Dixon, K. L. (1978) "Photoelectric photometry of bright southern galaxies", Vol 98, August, p 167-169. They find the V magnitude through a 28'' aperture = 13.12, and through a 80'' aperture = 12.25.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

"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).

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy.

Photo index

by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p8.16.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod f @ 80x. 140x: oval elong in pa120, 1'x0'.8, mod even concen to oval

core w/o sharp nuc. BS, 10Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

22 August 1998

22 August 1998, Farm site, Meade 8" with a 18mm wide angle & 26mm Plossl, 36' fov, Sky Conditions: Clear 7 to 8 magnitude

Could not find it at first then with careful observation I located this very faint small glow near a faint star. This small round haze have but just a trace of brightness to the middle.

2006 Feb 04


12-inch f/10 SCT (76x)

Just a small smoke of light. Very small, with a star-like core. Averted brings it out slightly. The star field to the west consists of a few bright stars.

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

12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 218x, 346x)

This round hazy patch of light brighten slowly towards the centre. It appears to be elongated in a NW-Se direction. The star field surrounding the galaxy is quite busy with faint stars. The edges seems hazy.

2006 June 24


12-inch f/10 SCT (218x, 346x)

Conditions: Good

Like all faint fuzzies, round, small glow with a hint of a core. Looks somewhat brighter than 12.9Magnitude to me.

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