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NGC 7218 (17,079 of 18,816)


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NGC 7218

NGC 7218, LEDA 68199, MCG-03-56-008, II 897, h 2150, GC 4761

RA: 22h 10m 11.67s
Dec: −16° 39′ 36.3″

Con: Aquarius
Ch: MSA:1356, U2:302, SA:17


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sc

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 2.511′ x 1.148′
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-897

Discovered in 1793 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, lE, resolvable, 1.5' long, 1.25' broad."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

This 12.7 magnitude spiral galaxy is recorded in the NGC as "pretty bright, slightly elongated, resolvable."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it pretty bright, slightly elongated, central mass appears triple."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,SLEL,BM,KNY,SLDIF PD,DKLNS.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 17.5" f/4.5, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty small, somewhat elongated with a bright nucleus at 135X. There is a pretty faint star involved in one arm."

Brian Skiff

POSS: SB(r)dIV elong in pa31:. m12.5 * 56" E, m13.5 * 60" NE; latter at

edge, m12.5 off halo. no m14 * SW [check this: both 15 & 30cm see it]

15cm - mod f @ 80x w/two f *s vclose on E. 140x: m13.2 * E, m14.0 * NE, both

just off halo. threshold * farther SW. lentic, pa35-40, 1'.4x0'.9, seems

to extend at least as far as * NE, passing immed N of it. wk-mod even

concen to more nrly circ 20" core but no br nuc. occas core seems

off-center to NW, making that flank more sharply def. BS, 21Jun1990,

Anderson Mesa.

20cm - difficult 2'x'1 streak near f *. neb appears speckled w/brtr areas,

suggests detail. nice f obj. FtL.

25cm - mod br @ 180x. stars: E is m12.5 *, N is m13.5 *, both at edge of obj.

elong pa0, 1'.5x1'. a few *ar spots in it. core sl brtr w/sharply def

edge. BS, Roof.

30cm - 238x: nice gx. stars: m13 * 1' E of core, m13.8 NE in arms. elong pa40,

2'x0'.7. core elong, 1'x0'.5, unevenly br. m14 * 1'.5 SW in arms. CBL,


Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

2010 Augustus 14

Location: Polokwane

16-inch f/10 SCT (127x 290x 462x)

Situated only 16 arc minutes from the bright magnitude 1.7 alpha Gruis (Alnair). What a nice bright round globe of light quite outstanding against the star-field. The galaxy displays an outstanding bright pin-point nucleus. However with higher power the nucleus grows larger and not so bright anymore. Its is easy to mistaken this galaxy for a distant faint globular (more info in files).

1998 August

Galaxy, Aquarius

Location: Campsite (23 16 South - 29 26 East).

Telescope: Meade 8" 18mm eyepiece, 36 arcmin f.o.v.

Date: August 1998.

Sky conditions: Not very good.

Description: Very small (2 arc minutes), slightly elongated (north to south 2x1) and slightly brighter to the middle, with a faint star to the east of this galaxy.

(no date)

Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (218x)

Very small (2arc minutes), slightly elongated (NNE -SSW 2x1) and slightly brighter to the middle, with a 13 Magnitude star about 1' to the east of this galaxy. The nucleus is bright. Averted let it stands out more. The core is just slightly brighter with a medium size.

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