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NGC 7296 (18,793 of 18,816)


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NGC 7296

NGC 7296, VII 41, GC 4797

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

NGC 7296 = NGC 7295, which see.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H VII-041

Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "a small cluster of stars, pretty compressed, extremely rich in vS stars. The compressed part 4' or 5' diameter."

Published comments

Trumpler, R.J. (1928)

Trumpler (Lick Obs Bul, Vol 14, No. 420) gives the diameter as 4' and the class as 2 2 p.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 9.5 mag open cluster.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that this cluster is almost as difficult to find as NGC 7245, is slightly larger and contains fewer stars. "The problem here is to pick out the cluster from the surrounding Milky Way."

Ancient City Astron.Club (1980)

Listed by the Herschel Club, described as "Some 15 stars were counted in this compact cluster, appearing elusive through eyepiece. 6-inch, 43x."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "9.7M; 4' diameter; 20-plus members; faint and small with one brighter (11M) star; 15' to ENE is DBL ST Leon-53 (14" separation; 6.6-11.5M)."

Brian Skiff

POSS: br * on W is vred. pair 0'.9 NE of it: m12,13; ~5"; pa~205.

CBL: 2'.5 diam is just not right!

8cm - sm, modhisfcbr. incipient res w/brtr * on WSW edge. BS, 13Aug1983,

Anderson Mesa.

15cm - 5' diam. ten *s. Roof.

- a doz *s @ 125x. BS, 30Aug1981, Anderson Mesa.

- distinct albeit rel poor cl, only 2' diam. m10.5 * on W outstanding; vf

pair just E of it. only 20 others @ 140x even distributed in circle. BS,

14Sep1990, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - 180x: 3' diam, 25 *s, nice. `lucida' on W. Roof.

- 2'.5 diam, m10.5 * on W. 18 other m12-13 *s scattered. BS, 30Aug1981,

Anderson Mesa.

30cm - 238x: loose club shape. 35+ *s.

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