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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 4:36:25.0
Visual Magnitude: 13.6
Year of discovery: 1886
Discovery aperture: 26.3
Summary description: eF, vS, R, * 8 np
NGC 1626 = NGC 1621 is another galaxy independently discovered by Swift and by
one of the Leander McCormick observers, Francis Leavenworth in this case.
Leavenworth left us no sketch of this object, but mentions a bright star
north-preceding -- the star is 10 seconds west and 3 arcmin north. Curiously,
Swift does not say anything about the star, though it must have been an
outstanding object in his large field around the galaxy.
This is one of the discoveries that Swift sent in a letter to Dreyer and later
published in his 6th AN list. The letter to Dreyer apparently had a bit more
detail as Dreyer adds "lbM" to the NGC description, otherwise the same as
Swift's terse "eF, S, R" in the AN list.
As usual, Leavenworth's declination is very good, but his RA is 50 seconds of
time too far east. Swift's position is within 40 arcsec of true, so even
without a word for the star, the galaxy is clearly identified.
See observing notes for NGC 1621.