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NGC 6953 (16,335 of 18,816)


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NGC 6953

NGC 6953

RA: 20h 37m 46.1s
Dec: +65° 45′ 54″

Con: Cepheus
Ch: MSA:1062, U2:32, SA:3


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Type: open cluster

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 1.5′
PA: ?

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

NGC 6953 may be the group of five or six faint stars 17 seconds west of Swift's place noted by Howe and Bigourdan, and copied into the IC2 Notes. Or it may be the similar grouping of 12-15 stars three minutes of time east of Swift's position. There is no galaxy nearby.

Swift found his object the same night as he found NGC 6951 (see NGC 6952 = NGC 6951 for another observation in the area), so we might expect that the same relative offsets might apply to both objects and lead us to the correct object for N6953. When we do this, however, we find that N6951 is east of Swift's position, while the sparser group of stars is west.

So, I'm not even sure that the Howe/Bigourdan group is the correct identification. The number is flagged with a colon in the main table.

Published comments

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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