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RA: 20h 47m 10.5s
Dec: +00° 21′ 47.7″
Ch: MSA:1288, U2:254, SA:16
Type: galaxy (in group)
Mag: B=14.8, V=?
Size: 0.588′ x 0.524′
NGC 6961. The identification is not sure. Since it is credited to Lord Rosse in the NGC, Dreyer apparently intended that the number apply to one of the five brightest objects in the N6962 group. However, Dreyer's own measurement (with Lord Rosse's telescope) on 23 August 1876 points at one of the fainter galaxies in the area. In addition, he claims that this object was found by d'Arrest, though he gives d'Arrest credit for NGC 6966 in the NGC. Micrometric positions by Bigourdan and Kobold agree with the one by Dreyer, so I've taken the measured galaxy -- located between those labeled "a" (N6959) and "d" (N6962) in Lord Rosse's diagram -- as N6961, rather than any of the brighter galaxies to the north.
The evidence is contradictory, however, so I can't insist that this interpretation is correct.
pF, vS, R, alm. stell.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 15.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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