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NGC 6962

NGC 6962, LEDA 65375, MCG+00-53-003, UGC 11628, II 426, h 2087, GC 4601

RA: 20h 47m 19.11s
Dec: +00° 19′ 15.5″

Con: Aquarius
Ch: MSA:1288, U2:254, SA:16


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in pair), Sa

Mag: B=13.5, V=?

Size: 3.89′ x 2.951′
PA: 75°

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

NGC 6962 is the brightest in a group of 8-10 galaxies in Aquarius. It and the second brightest galaxy here, NGC 6964, were found by William Herschel, and remeasured by John Herschel. Of all the galaxies in the group, these two are the only ones with absolutely positive identifications. The others (NGC 6959, NGC 6961, NGC 6963, NGC 6965, NGC 6966, NGC 6967, IC 5057, IC 5058, and IC 5061) have all been misidentified at one time or another. I think that I've sorted out the mess as well as it can be, but the published record remains contradictory for a couple of the objects. See the separate discussions of the other NGC and IC numbers for more details.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-426

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Two. The preceding [NGC 6962] F, S, iR, mbM. The following [NGC 6964] vF, vS, lbM, 3' or 4' distant."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,B&LG,STELNUC,ALMRG FDIFBD ARMS.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 21 (1920)

vF, 2.5'x2', lE 60deg, open spiral with BN.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 17.5" f/4.5, notes: "13" Cherry Rd. 8/10 Pretty faint, small, little elongated in PA 75. 5 other galaxies in a 20 FOV, all are faint, small and round, except one which is elongated 2X1."

Brian Skiff

POSS: m13.5 * 2'.4 SE; comp gx is 0'.6 NW of it.

15cm - fairly f @ 80x in *ry fld. 140x: elong sl E-W, 40"x30", w/mod even concen

to sub*ar center. SE 2'.5 is m13.5-14 *, immed W of this is vsm comp gx

that appears sub*ar @ 80x. BS, 19Jun1990, Anderson Mesa.

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