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NGC 8 (= PGC 648)
Recorded (Sep 29, 1865) by Otto Struve
A magnitude 15.2 and 16.5 double star in Pegasus (RA 00 08 45.4, Dec +23 50 17)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 8 (= GC 5082, O Struve, 1860 RA 00 01 17, NPD 66 59) is "very faint, nucleus in north end". The position precesses to RA 00 08 29.0, Dec +23 47 46, but there is nothing near the position that is obviously identifiable as Struve's object. However (per Corwin), the pair of stars listed above can be positively identified as NGC 8 by virtue of a comparison with Struve's observation of NGC 9, which he discovered two nights earlier. If it is assumed that the positional error for NGC 8 is similar to that for NGC 9, the position falls right on the pair of stars, so the identification is essentially certain.
Historical Note: The NGC entry is identical to the entry for GC 5082 near the end of Dreyer's 1877 Supplement to the GC.
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 9, also showing the double star listed as NGC 8
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 9, also showing the double star listed as NGC 8

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