NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort

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Basic Information

Location and Magnitude

Right Ascension: 4:36:25.0
Declination: -4:59:12
Constellation: ERI
Visual Magnitude: 13.6

Historic Information

Discoverer: Leavenworth
Year of discovery: 1886
Discovery aperture: 26.3


Summary description: eF, vS, R, * 8 np
Sub-type: E4

Corwin's Notes

===== 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.

Steve's Notes

===== NGC 1626 See observing notes for NGC 1621.