Showpieces of Class VIII

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

Listed below in alphabetical order by constellation are 14 of the most interesting objects in Herschel’s Class VIII. Following the Herschel designation itself is the corresponding NGC number in parentheses, its Right Ascension and Declination (for Epoch 2000.0), the object’s actual type (which may differ from the Class Herschel assigned it to), its visual magnitude, angular size in minutes ( ) or seconds ( ) of arc, and Messier or Caldwell number plus popular name if any. Next is a translation of Sir William’s shorthand description (in italicized quotes) taken from the NGC itself, followed by comments from the author. These include directions for finding each object by sweeping for it, just as Herschel himself originally did.


Triple System Open Cluster Angular Size Bright Star Double Star 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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