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NGC 6943

NGC 6943, ESO 74-6, LEDA 65295, SGC 203948-6855.7, h 3838, GC 4593

RA: 20h 44m 32.9s
Dec: −68° 44′ 50″

Con: Pavo
Ch: MSA:1517, U2:457, SA:26


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sbc

Mag: B=12.16, V=11.25

Size: 3.801′ x 1.949′
PA: 130°

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 "pF, L, mE, vgbM, 3.5' long, 1.5' broad, has a barely perceptible point in the middle."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

The NGC records it as "pretty faint, large, much elongated, very gradually a little brighter in the middle like a very small star."

Published comments

Stewart (1908) Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60 (6)

Table IV: spiral appearance, stell.N.

Reynolds, J.H. (1921)

Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone 40° to 90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.

p 600: "The following spirals call for special description on account of their size:

Bright, spindle, no structure visible"

Table, p601. 7x1, pa 130; "B"

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy.

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the four brightest members of the NGC 6876 Group are NGC 6943, IC 5052, NGC 6876 & NGC 6808.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

ESO: pa125.

15cm - mod br @ 50x. 140x: elong SE-NW, 1'.7x1' or 2/3 sep to m11 * NE. mod

broad concen to more nrly circ core, no nuc. m15 * N of NW flank. occas

see bulge nr cen on SW-facing flank. BS, 8Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

(no date)

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

12-inch f/10 SCT (218x, 346x)

Lovely oval soft cloud in a SE to NW direction. Hazy extentions swap around the round inner core and move out to the SE and NW edges. I suspect flimsy spiral arms on both these sides. The core can't be seen at first with an oval even brightness of the galaxy but with hight power is slightly getting brighter to the middle.

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