sponsored by psychohistorian.org
Type: open cluster
Mag: B=?, V=?
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.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
DOCdb is still in beta-release.
Known issues, feature requests, and updates on bug fixes, are here:
Found a bug? Have a comment or suggestion to improve DOCdb? Please let us know!
DOCdb is a free online resource that exists to promote deep sky observing.
You could help by sharing your observations, writing an article, digitizing and proof-reading historical material, and more.
Everything on DOCdb.net is © 2004-2010 by Auke Slotegraaf, unless stated otherwise or if you can prove you have divine permission to use it. Before using material published here, please consult the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. Some material on DOCdb is copyright the individual authors. If in doubt, don't reproduce. And that goes for having children, too. Please note that the recommended browser for DOCdb is Firefox 3.x. You may also get good results with K-Meleon. Good luck if you're using IE. A successful experience with other browsers, including Opera and Safari, may vary.