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NGC 7221 (17,085 of 18,816)


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NGC 7221

NGC 7221, AM 2208-304, ESO 467-18, LEDA 68235, MCG-05-52-043, SGC 220823-3048.6, h 3928, GC 4763

RA: 22h 11m 15.2s
Dec: −30° 33′ 48″

Con: Piscis Austrinus
Ch: MSA:1403, U2:383, SA:23


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sb

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 2.041′ x 1.445′
PA: 10°

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "F, R, gbM, has 2 stars 14m near, one almost involved." On a second occassion he called it "vF, S, R, 2 vS stars near." His third observation was recorded as "F, R, gbM." The final observation was recorded as "pF, lE, gbM, either resolvable or has loose stars."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,B,LBM,DST).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p11.10.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, in "SACNEWS On-line for October 1996" notes: NGC 7221 is very faint, pretty small and round with a somewhat brighter middle at 100X. This galaxy has a very low surface brightness (13.3 mag) and higher powers makes it extremely tough to see. It is at 22 hr 11.3 min and -30 37.

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Very faint, pretty small and round with a somewhat brighter middle at 100X. This galaxy has a very low surface brightness and higher powers makes it extremely tough to see."

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod f @ 80x w/m13 * nr NE edge. 140x: 1'x0'.6 elong N-S. mod broad

concen to sub*ar nuc. m14.5 * sup NW side. BS, 15Nov1993, LCO.

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