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RA: 22h 57m 24s
Dec: +54° 20′ 0″
Ch: MSA:1085, U2:58, SA:3
Ref: SIMBAD, DAML02
Mag: B=?, V=?
NGC 7438. JH describes this as "A large oblong cluster which fills two fields. Place that of the double star h. 3157 of my fifth Catal." DSS and POSS show a cloud of stars, elongated southwest to northeast, more compressed on the southwestern end into two apparent clusters separated by about 10 arcmin. Though well-defined on that end, it is very poorly defined on the northeastern side. The overall dimensions are roughly 30 arcmin by 10 arcmin.
I doubt that the entire group is a cluster, though the southeastern-most two clumps might well be. Those portions of JH's object could stand out well in even small telescopes since the stars are fairly bright, 9th to 11th magnitudes.
The SAC database comments: "LING:12in elongated NE-SW 2 clumps 20' long, 30 stars"
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NO CL DC.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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