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RA: 20h 47m 20.1s
Dec: +00° 28′ 56″
Ch: MSA:1288, U2:254, SA:16
Ref: SIMBAD, Corwin
Type: galaxy (in group), E...
Mag: B=15.2, V=?
Size: 0.724′ x 0.645′
NGC 6965 = IC 5058. This is the northern-most of the brighter galaxies in the NGC 6962 group. It was first found by Lord Rosse in 1857, and labeled "b" in his diagram. Unfortunately, it was apparently not seen again until Bigourdan went through the area a fifth time in 1891. Thus, the NGC position was apparently estimated by Dreyer from the diagram, and is not good enough to unambiguously identify the object. Bigourdan's entry under the number simply says "I can't see anything at the place indicated by Lord Rosse." He searched for it only once in August 1885.
However, Bigourdan actually did see NGC 6965. It appears in his fourth list of new nebulae under the number Big 436, so received the number IC 5058. He has four measurements of it, so the position in the IC is good. That the object really is NGC 6965 could perhaps be questioned as we have only Lord Rosse's sketch to rely on. However, it is one of the brighter objects in the area, and the diagram is good enough to support the identification.
Not shown, exp. 60 min. Inclusion in NGC probably a mistake. See Lord Ross' Observations, page 158.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 14.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SLEL,UHISB,59NR PR.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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