Finest NGC Objects

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Finest NGC Objects 2017-01-31T10:52:41+00:00

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) published this list of The Finest N.G.C. Objects, compiled by Alan Dyer. It is arranged sorted by seasons and constellations.

No. NGC Con Type m_v Size Remarks
AUTUMN
1 7009 Aqr PN 8.3 25″ !! Saturn Nebula; small bright oval
2 7293 Aqr PN 6.5 12’50” !! Helix Nebula; large, diffuse; use filter
3 7331 Peg G-Sb 9.5 10.7×4.0 !! large, bright spiral galaxy
4 7635 Cas EN 15×8 Bubble Neb.; very faint; 1/2 deg SW of M52
5 7789 Cas OC 6.7 16 !! 300*; faint but very rich cluster
6 185 Cas G-E0 11.7 2×2 companion to M31; paired with NGC 147
7 281 Cas EN 35×30 !! large faint nebulosity near eta Cas
8 457 Cas OC 6.4 13 80*; rich; one of the best Cas clusters
9 663 Cas OC 7.1 16 80*; look for NGC’s 654 and 659 nearby
10 289 Cas PN 12.3 34″ dim oval smudge; use nebula filter
11 7662 And PN 9.2 20″ !! Blue Snowball; annular at high power
12 891 And G-Sb 10 13.5×2.8 !! faint, classic edge-on with dust lane
13 253 Scl G-Scp 7.1 25.1×7.4 !! very large and bright but at low altitude
14 772 Ari G-Sb 10.3 7.1×4.5 diffuse spiral galaxy
15 246 Cet PN 8 3’45” faint (closer to 11 m); dark mottling
16 936 Cet G-SBa 10.1 5.2×4.4 near M77; NGC 941 in the same field
17 869/84 Per OC ~4.4 30/30 !! Double Cluster; 350*; use low mag.
18 1023 Per G-E7p 9.5 8.7×4.3 bright lens-shaped galaxy near M34
19 1491 Per EN 3.0×3.0 small fairly faint emission nebula
20 1501 Cam PN 12 52″ faint; dark center; look for NGC 1502
21 1232 Eri G-Sc 9.9 7.8×6.9 face-on spiral; look for NGC 1300 nearby
22 1535 Eri PN 10.4 18″ bright planetary with blue-grey disk
WINTER
23 1514 Tau PN 0.8 1’54” faint glow around 9.4 mag central star
24 1931 Aur E/RN 3.0×3.0 haze surrounding 4 close stars
25 1788 Ori RN 8.0×5.0 fairly bright but diffuse reflection nebula
26 1973+ Ori E/RN 40×25 near M42 and M43; often neglected
27 2022 Ori PN 12.4 18″ small, faint & distinct with annular form
28 2024 Ori EN 30×30 bright but masked by glow from Zeta Ori
29 2194 Ori OC 8.5 10 80*, fairly rich; look for 2169 nearby
30 2371/2 Gem PN 13 55″ faint double-lobed planetary; use filter
31 2392 Gem PN 8.3 13″ !! Clown Face or Eskimo Nebula
32 2237+ Mon EN 80×60 !! Rosette Neb.; very large; use neb. filter
33 2261 Mon E/RN var 2×1 Hubble’s Variable Nebula; comet-shaped
34 2359 CMa EN 8.0×6.0 bright; look for NGC 2360 & 2362 nearby
35 2440 Pup PN 10.3 14″ almost starlike; irregular at high power
36 2539 Pup OC 6.5 22 50*; rich cluster; near M46 and M47
37 2403 Cam G-Sc 8.4 7.8×11.0 !! very large & bright; visible in binocs.
38 2655 Cam G-Sa 10.1 5.1×4.4 bright ellipse with starlike nucleus
SPRING
39 2683 Lyn G-Sb 9.7 9.3×2.5 nearly edge-on spiral; very bright
40 2841 UMa G-Sb 9.3 8.1×3.8 !! classic elongated spiral; very bright
41 3079 UMa G-Sb 10.6 7.6×1.7 edge-on spiral; NGC 2950 nearby
42 3184 UMa G-Sc 9.7 6.9×6.8 large, diffuse face-on spiral
43 3877 UMa G-Sb 10.9 5.4×1.5 edge-on; same field as chi UMa
44 3941 UMa G-E3 9.8 3.8×2.5 small bright elliptical
45 4026 UMa G-S0 10.7 5.1×1.4 lense-shaped edge-on near gamma UMa
46 4088 UMa G-Sc 10.5 5.8×2.5 nearly edge-on; NGC 4085 in same field
47 4157 UMa G-Sb 11.9 6.9×1.7 a thin sliver; NGCs 4026 & 4088 nearby
48 4605 UMa G-SBcp 9.6 5.5×2.3 bright distinct edge-on spiral
49 3115 Sex G-E6 9.2 8.3×3.2 Spindle Galaxy; bright and elongated
50 3242 Hya PN 8.6 16″ !! Ghost of Jupiter; small but bright
51 3003 LMi G-Sc 11.7 5.9×1.7 faint elongated streak
52 3344 LMi G-Sc 9.9 6.9×6.5 diffuse face-on spiral
53 3432 LMi G-SBm 11.3 6.2×1.5 nearly edge-on; faint flat streak
54 2903 Leo G-Sb 8.9 12.6×6.6 ! ! verly large, bright elongated spiral
55 3384 Leo G-E7 9.9 5.9×2.6 same field as M105 and NGC 3389
56 3521 Leo G-Sb 8.7 9.5×5.0 very large, bright spiral
57 3607 Leo G-E1 10 3.7×3.2 NGCs 3605 & 3608 in same field
58 3628 Leo G-Sb 9.5 14.8×3.6 large edge-on; same field as M65 and M66
59 4111 CVn G-S0 10.8 4.8×1.1 bright lens-shaped edge-on spiral
60 4214 CVn G-Irr 9.7 7.9×6.3 large irregular galaxy
61 4244 CVn G-S 10.2 16.2×2.5 !! large distinct edge-on spiral
62 4449 CVn G-Irr 9.4 5.1×3.7 bright rectangular shape
63 4490 CVn G-Sc 9.8 5.9×3.1 bright spiral; 4485 (Cocoon gal.) in field
64 4631 CVn G-Sc 9.3 15.1×3.3 !! large edge-on; look for companion 4627
65 4656/7 CVn G-Sc 10.4 13.8×3.3 in field with 4631; NE end curves up
66 5005 CVn G-Sb 9.8 5.4×2.7 bright elongated spiral near alpha CVn
67 5033 CVn G-Sb 10.1 10.5×5.6 large bright spiral near NGC 5005
68 4274 Com G-Sb 10.4 6.9×2.8 NGCs 4278/83/86 in same field
69 4414 Com G-Sc 10.2 3.6×2.2 bright spiral with starlike nucleus
70 4494 Com G-E1 9.8 4.8×3.8 small bright elliptical
71 4559 Com G-Sc 9.8 10.5×4.9 large spiral with coarse structure
72 4565 Com G-Sb 9.6 16.2×2.8 !! superb edge-on spiral with dust lane
73 4725 Com G-Sb 9.2 11.0×7.9 very bright, large spiral
74 4038/9 Crv G-Sc 10.7 ~3×2 `Antennae’ or `Rattail’ interacting galaxies
75 4361 Crv PN 10.3 45″ small and bright; with 13-mag central star
76 4216 Vir G-Sb 9.9 8.3×2.2 nearly edge-on; with NGCs 4206 & 4222
77 4388 Vir G-Sb 11 5.1×1.4 with M84 and M86 in Markarian’s Chain
78 4438 Vir G-Sap 10.1 9.3×3.9 paired with NGC 4435 to form the “Eyes”
79 4517 Vir G-Sc 10.5 10.2×1.9 faint edge-on spiral
80 4526 Vir G-E7 9.6 7.6×2.3 between two 7-mag stars; the “Lost Galaxy”
81 4535 Vir G-Sc 9.8 6.8×5.0 near M49 and 3/4 deg N of NGC 4526
82 4567/8 Vir G-Sc 11 4.6×2.1 “Siamese Twins” interacting galaxies
83 4699 Vir G-Sa 9.6 3.5×2.7 small & bright; look for NGC 4697 3 deg N
84 4762 Vir G-SB0 10.2 8.7×1.6 flattest galaxy known; 4754 in same field
85 5746 Vir G-Sb 10.6 7.9×1.7 fine edge-on near 109 Virginis
86 5466 Boo GC 9.1 11 loose class XII; like rich open cl.; faint
87 5907 Dra G-Sb 10.4 12.3×1.8 !! fine edge-on with dust lane; near 5866
88 6503 Dra G-Sb 10.2 6.2×2.3 bright elongated spiral
89 6543 Dra PN 8.8 18″ Cat’s Eye Nebula; with 11 mag central star
SUMMER
90 6210 Her PN 9.3 14″ very starlike blue planetary
91 6369 Oph PN 10.4 30″ Little Ghost; look for NGC 6309 nearby
92 6572 Oph PN 9 8″ tiny bright blue oval
93 6633 Oph OC 4.6 27 sparse wide field cluster; IC 4756 nearby
94 6712 Sct GC 8.2 7.2 small globular; look for IC 1295 in field
95 6781 Aql PN 11.8 1’49” pale version of M97
96 6819 Cyg OC 7.3 5 150*; faint but rich cluster in Milky Way
97 6826 Cyg PN 9.8 30″ !! Blinking Planetary; 10.4-mag central star
98 6888 Cyg SNR? 20×10 Crescent Nebula; faint; use nebula filter
99a 6960 Cyg SNR 70×6 !! Veil Nebula: west half; use filter !
99b 6992/5 Cyg SNR 78×8 !! Veil Nebula: east half; use filter !
100 7000 Cyg EN 120×100 !! North America N; use filter & low mag.
101 7027 Cyg PN? 10.4 15″ unusual protoplanetary nebula
102 6445 Sgr PN 11.8 34″ small, bright and annular; near M23
103 6520 Sgr OC 8.1 6 60*; small; dark neb. B86 in same field
104 6818 Sgr PN 9.9 17″ Little Gem; annular; NGC 6822 0.75 deg S
105 6802 Vul OC 8.8 3.2 at east end of Brocchi’s cluster Cr 399
106 6940 Vul OC 6.3 31 60*; fairly rich cluster in Milky Way
107 6939 Cep OC 7.8 8 80*; very rich;
108 6946 Cep G-Sc 8.9 11.0×9.8 faint, diffuse face-on spiral near 6939
109 7129 Cep RN 8×7 faint reflection neb. around several stars
110 40 Cep PN 10.2 37″ unusual red planetary; 11.6 mag central star