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Page last updated Oct 21, 2016
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NGC 250 (= PGC 2765)
Discovered (Nov 10, 1885) by
Lewis Swift
A magnitude 13.8 lenticular galaxy (type S0/a(rs) pec?) in Pisces (RA 00 47 16.0, Dec +07 54 36)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 250 (Swift list III (#2), 1860 RA 00 40 18, NPD 82 52.0) is "extremely faint, very small, round, among 3 stars". The position precesses to RA 00 47 33.0, Dec +07 53 55, a little over 4 arcmin east of the galaxy, but the position of the galaxy (near the center of a right triangle formed by three stars) so perfectly matches the description that the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.1 by 0.6 arcmin?
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 250, also showing Swift's position
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 250, also showing Swift's position
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 250

NGC 251 (= PGC 2806)
Discovered (Oct 15, 1784) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 13.2 spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Pisces (RA 00 47 54.1, Dec +19 35 49)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 251 (= GC 135 = JH 58 = WH III 204, 1860 RA 00 40 32, NPD 71 09.5) is "very faint, small, round, a little brighter middle, star involved, 2 very small (faint) stars to east".
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.4 by 1.9 arcmin?
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 251
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 251
Below, a 3 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 251

NGC 252 (= PGC 2819)
Discovered (Oct 26, 1786) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.4 lenticular galaxy (type S0/(r)a?) in Andromeda (RA 00 48 01.5, Dec +27 37 26)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 252 (= GC 136 = GC 139 = JH 59 = JH 60 = WH II 609, 1860 RA 00 40 33, NPD 63 08.6) is "pretty bright, small, round, pretty much brighter middle, mottled but not resolved into stars, double star to the west". The position precesses to RA 00 48 01.8, Dec +27 37 18, almost dead center on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.1 by 1.5 arcmin?
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 252, also showing NGC 258
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 252, also showing NGC 258
Below, a 3 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 252

NGC 253 (= PGC 2789), the Sculptor Galaxy, the Silver Dollar Galaxy
Discovered (Sep 23, 1783) by
Caroline Herschel
Also observed (date?) by William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 7.2 spiral galaxy (type SAB(s)c) in Sculptor (RA 00 47 33.1, Dec -25 17 18)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 253 (= GC 138 = JH 61 = JH 2345 = WH V 1, Caroline Herschel, 1860 RA 00 40 38, NPD 116 03.7) is "a most remarkable object, very very bright, very very large, very much extended 54°, gradually brighter middle".
Physical Information: Apparent size 25 by 5.5 arcmin. Used by the de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxy Types as an example of galaxy type SAB(s)c.
ESO image of spiral galaxy NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, or the Silver Dollar Galaxy, also showing the distant pair of galaxies listed as PGC 198197
Above, a 24 arcmin wide image centered on NGC 253, also showing PGC 198197 (Image Credit ESO)
Below, a rotated image of the the galaxy to allow for more detail (Image Credit as above)
ESO image of spiral galaxy NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, or the Silver Dollar Galaxy

NGC 254 (= PGC 2778)
Discovered (Sep 28, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 11.7 lenticular galaxy (type (R)SAB0(r)a?) in Sculptor (RA 00 47 27.6, Dec -31 25 19)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 254 (= GC 140 = JH 2347, 1860 RA 00 40 41, NPD 122 11.5) is "very bright, pretty small, a little extended, suddenly much brighter middle, 8th magnitude star 5 arcmin to northeast".
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.6 by 1.7 arcmin?
DSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 254
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 254
Below, a 3 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 254

NGC 255 (= PGC 2802)
Discovered (Nov 27, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 11.9 spiral galaxy (type SAB(rs)bc) in Cetus (RA 00 47 47.3, Dec -11 28 08)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 255 (= GC 141 = JH 62 = WH II 472, 1860 RA 00 40 44, NPD 102 14.7) is "faint, pretty small, round, gradually brighter middle".
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.1 by 2.7 arcmin?.
NOAO image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 255 superimposed on a DSS background to fill in missing areas
Above, a 12 arcmin wide image centered on NGC 255
(Image Credit Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF, superimposed on a DSS background to fill in missing areas)
Below, a 3.6 arcmin wide image of the galaxy (Image Credit as above)
NOAO image of spiral galaxy NGC 255

NGC 256 (OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 12.7 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 45 54.1, Dec -73 30 24)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 256 (= GC 142 = JH 2348, 1860 RA 00 40 44, NPD 164 16.7) is "faint, small, round, gradually brighter middle, 9th magnitude star 40 arcsec to northeast".
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.6 arcmin?
DSS image of region near NGC 256, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud, also showing NGC 265
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 256, also showing NGC 265
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide DSS image of the open cluster
DSS image of NGC 256, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 257 (= PGC 2818)
Discovered (Dec 29, 1790) by
William Herschel
A magnitude 12.6 spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Pisces (RA 00 48 01.5, Dec +08 17 50)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 257 (= GC 143 = WH II 863, 1860 RA 00 40 47, NPD 82 27.2) is "pretty large, a little extended, gradually brighter middle, mottled but not resolved".
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.9 by 1.3 arcmin?
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 257
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 257
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 257

NGC 258 (= PGC 2829)
Discovered (Dec 22, 1848) by
George Stoney
A magnitude 14.2 lenticular galaxy (type SAB0/a?) in Andromeda (RA 00 48 12.8, Dec +27 39 26)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 258 (= GC 137, 3rd Lord Rosse, 1860 RA 00 40 50, NPD 63 07) is "extremely faint, small, very faint star close". The position precesses to RA 00 48 18.9, Dec +27 38 54, about one and a half arcmin southeast of the galaxy, but there is nothing else nearby, and the nearby star makes the identification certain.
Discovery Notes: Although Dreyer credits the discovery to William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, he notes that many of Rosse's nebular discoveries were actually made by one of his assistants, in this case George Stoney.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.65 by 0.55 arcmin (based on image below).
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 258, also showing NGC 252 and NGC 260
Below, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 258, also showing NGC 252 and 260
Below, a 1 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 258

NGC 259 (= PGC 2820)
Discovered (Dec 13, 1786) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.8 spiral galaxy (type Sbc?) in Cetus (RA 00 48 03.3, Dec -02 46 31)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 259 (= GC 144 = GC 145 = JH 63 = JH 64 = WH II 703 = WH II 621, 1860 RA 00 40 54, NPD 93 32.7) is "faint, small, extended 135°, a little brighter middle".
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.9 by 0.6 arcmin?
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 259
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 259
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 259

NGC 260 (= PGC 2844)
Discovered (Aug 27, 1865) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A magnitude 13.5 spiral galaxy (type Scd pec?) in Andromeda (RA 00 48 34.7, Dec +27 41 33)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 260 (= GC 5118, d'Arrest, 1860 RA 00 41 08, NPD 63 04.8) is "extremely faint, pretty small, a little extended". The position precesses to RA 00 48 37.1, Dec +27 41 05, only about half an arcmin southeast of the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.8 by 0.65 arcmin (from image below).
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 260, also showing NGC 258
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 260, also showing NGC 258
Below, a 1 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 260

NGC 261 (in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Sep 5, 1826) by
James Dunlop (4, 21)
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12 emission nebula in Tucana (RA 00 46 32.6, Dec -73 06 05)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 261 (= GC 146 = JH 2349, Dunlop 3, 4, 21?, 1860 RA 00 41 24, NPD 163 52.1) is "faint, pretty large, round, gradually brighter middle equivalent to 13th magnitude star".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.1 by 2.1 arcmin (from image below).
DSS image of NGC 261, an emission nebula in the Small Magellanic Cloud, also showing NGC 249
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 261, also showing NGC 249
Below, a 3.5 arcmin wide DSS image of the emission nebula
DSS image of NGC 261, an emission nebula in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 262 (= PGC 2855)
Discovered (Sep 17, 1885) by
Lewis Swift
Also observed (date?) by Guillaume Bigourdan
A magnitude 13.1 lenticular galaxy (type SA0/a?(s)) in Andromeda (RA 00 48 47.1, Dec +31 57 25)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 262 (Swift list II (#10), 1860 RA 00 41 29, NPD 58 48.4) is "extremely faint, very small, round, very difficult". The second Index Catalog lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 00 41 15. The corrected position precesses to RA 00 48 47.7, Dec +31 57 29, right on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.1 by 1.9 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 262
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 262
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 262

NGC 263 (= PGC 2856)
Discovered (1886) by
Francis Leavenworth
A magnitude 14.3 spiral galaxy (type Sbc?) in Cetus (RA 00 48 48.5, Dec -13 06 27)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 263 (Leavenworth list I (#13), 1860 RA 00 41 30, NPD 103 53.9) is "extremely faint, very small, a little extended 30°".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.7 by 0.3 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 263
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 263
Below, a 0.8 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 263

NGC 264 (= PGC 2831)
Discovered (Aug 30, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 13.5 lenticular galaxy (type SB0?) in Sculptor (RA 00 48 21.0, Dec -38 14 04)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 264 (= GC 147 = JH 2350, 1860 RA 00 41 42, NPD 129 00.3) is "faint, small, round, very suddenly very much bright middle equivalent to 13th magnitude star".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.05 by 0.35 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 264
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 264
Below, a 1.2 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 264

NGC 265 (OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 12.2 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 47 11.6, Dec -73 28 39)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 265 (= GC 148 = JH 2351, 1860 RA 00 42 04, NPD 164 15.1) is "faint, pretty small, round".
Physical Information: Apparent size about 0.9 by 0.8 arcmin (from images below) About two hundred thousand light-years distant, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, are the 12th magnitude open clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290. Each cluster spans about 65 light years, and contains hundreds or thousands of brilliant young stars. Most of the stars in the HST image are not cluster members, but lie in front of (in our own galaxy or the Small Magellanic Cloud) or behind (in the Small Magellanic Cloud) the clusters.
DSS image of region near open cluster NGC 265, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, also showing NGC 256 and NGC 269
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS unage centered on NGC 265, also showing NGC 256 and 269
Below, a 1.6 arcmin wide DSS image of the open cluster
DSS image of open cluster NGC 265, in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Below, a roughly 1.2 arcmin wide HST image (Image Credit E. Olszewski (U. Arizona), HST, ESA, NASA, Hubble Site)
HST image of open cluster NGC 265, in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 266 (= PGC 2901)
Discovered (Sep 12, 1784) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 11.6 spiral galaxy (type SB(rs)ab) in Pisces (RA 00 49 47.8, Dec +32 16 40)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 266 (= GC 149 = JH 65 = WH III 153, 1860 RA 00 42 14, NPD 58 29.2) is "pretty bright, pretty small, a little extended, pretty suddenly brighter middle, mottled but not resolved, 8th magnitude star 4 arcmin to southeast".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 3.1 by 2.2 arcmin (from image below) Used by the de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxy Types as an example of galaxy type SB(rs)ab.
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 266
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 266
Below, a 3.2 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 266

NGC 267 (OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Oct 4, 1836) by
John Herschel
An open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 48 01.0, Dec -73 16 24)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 267 (= GC 150 = JH 2352, 1860 RA 00 42 50, NPD 164 02.6) is a "cluster, faint, pretty large, stars very small (faint)".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.1 by 1.65 arcmin (from images below)
DSS image of region near NGC 267, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 267
Below, a 3.2 arcmin wide DSS image of the open cluster
DSS image of NGC 267, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 268 (= PGC 2927)
Discovered (Nov 22, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 13.1 spiral galaxy (type SB(s)bc?) in Cetus (RA 00 50 09.6, Dec -05 11 37)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 268 (= GC 151 = JH 66 = WH III 463, 1860 RA 00 43 01, NPD 95 58.0) is "very faint, pretty small, irregularly a little extended, mottled but not resolved".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.3 by 0.9 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 268
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 268
Below, a 1.6 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 268

NGC 269 (OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Nov 5, 1836) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 13.3 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 48 21.3, Dec -73 31 48)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 269 (= GC 152 = JH 2353, 1860 RA 00 43 21, NPD 164 18.0) is "very faint, small, round".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.6 by 0.6 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near NGC 269, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud, also showing NGC 265
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 269, also showing NGC 265
Below, a 1.5 arcmin wide DSS image of the cluster
DSS image of NGC 269, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 270 (= PGC 2938)
Discovered (Dec 10, 1798) by
William Herschel
A magnitude 12.9 lenticular galaxy (type S0(rs)a? pec) in Cetus (RA 00 50 32.5, Dec -08 39 06)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 270 (= GC 153 = WH III 955, 1860 RA 00 43 29, NPD 99 25.7) is "pretty faint, very small, irregularly round, pretty gradually brighter middle".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.45 by 1.9 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 270
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 270
Below, a 2.8 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 270

NGC 271 (= PGC 2949)
Discovered (Oct 1, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.0 spiral galaxy (type (R')SB(rs)ab) in Cetus (RA 00 50 41.9, Dec -01 54 37)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 271 (= GC 154 = JH 67 = WH II 446, 1860 RA 00 43 34, NPD 92 40.4) is "pretty faint, small, a little extended, pretty suddenly brighter middle, 8th magnitude star 5.5 seconds east".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.6 by 1.75 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 271
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 271
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 271

NGC 272 (= OCL 312)
Discovered (Aug 2, 1864) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A magnitude 8.5 group of stars in Andromeda (RA 00 51 23.0, Dec +35 50 54)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 272 (= GC 5119, d'Arrest, 1860 RA 00 43 41, NPD 54 55.3) is a "cluster, large, a little compressed".
Physical Information: Four moderately bright stars in a curved arc about 2.1 by 1.5 arcmin in size, plus a scattering of fainter stars near those, and a few dimilarly bright stars randomly scattered in the general field of view. Whether any of the latter stars are related to each other or the smaller group seems doubtful.
DSS image of region near stellar group NGC 272
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 272

NGC 273 (= PGC 2959)
Discovered (Sep 10, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by Wilhelm Tempel
A magnitude 12.9 lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Cetus (RA 00 50 48.5, Dec -06 53 09)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 273 (= GC 155 = WH III 430, Tempel (#??), 1860 RA 00 43 47, NPD 97 39.3) is "very faint, very small".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.8 by 0.5 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 273
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 273
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 273

NGC 274 (= PGC 2980, and with
NGC 275 = Arp 140)
Discovered (Sep 10, 1785) by William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 11.8 lenticular galaxy (type E/SAB0(r) pec) in Cetus (RA 00 51 01.8, Dec -07 03 25)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 274 (= GC 156 = JH 69 = WH III 429, 1860 RA 00 43 57, NPD 97 49.7) is "pretty bright, pretty small, suddenly much brighter middle, northwestern of 2", the other being NGC 275.
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.4 by 1.2 arcmin? Used by the Arp Atlas as an example of material (NGC 275) emanating from an elliptical galaxy (NGC 274).
SDSS image of region near elliptical galaxy NGC 274 and peculiar spiral galaxy NGC 275, collectively known as Arp 140
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 274 and 275, which comprise Arp 140
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the pair
SDSS image of elliptical galaxy NGC 274 and peculiar spiral galaxy NGC 275, collectively known as Arp 140

NGC 275 (= PGC 2984, and with
NGC 274 = Arp 140)
Discovered (Oct 9, 1828) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.5 spiral galaxy (type SB(rs)cd pec) in Cetus (RA 00 51 04.5, Dec -07 03 56)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 275 (= GC 157 = JH 70, 1860 RA 00 44 00, NPD 97 50.2) is "very faint, small, round, southeastern of 2", the other being NGC 274.
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.5 by 1.2 arcmin? Used by the Arp Atlas as an example of material (NGC 275) emanating from an elliptical galaxy (NGC 274, which see for images).

NGC 276 (=
IC 1591 = PGC 3054)
Discovered (1886) by Frank Muller (and later listed as NGC 276)
Also observed (date?) by Herbert Howe (while listed as NGC 276)
Discovered (Nov 3, 1898) by DeLisle Stewart (and later listed as IC 1591)
A magnitude 14.7 spiral galaxy (type SAB(r)b? pec) in Cetus (RA 00 52 06.6, Dec -22 40 48)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 276 (Muller list II (#294), 1860 RA 00 44 01, NPD 113 27.9) is "extremely faint, pretty small, extended 265°, 11th magnitude star 3' north". The second Index Catalog lists a corrected RA (per Howe) of 00 45 14, and adds "the star to the northeast is an 8th magnitude close double". The corrected position precesses to RA 00 52 07.5, Dec -22 42 10, about 1.3 arcmin south of the galaxy, there is nothing else nearby, and the double star makes the identification certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.0 by 0.4 arcmin (from the image below)
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 276
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 276
Below, a 1.5 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 276

NGC 277 (= PGC 2995)
Discovered (Oct 8, 1864) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A magnitude 13.7 lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Cetus (RA 00 51 17.2, Dec -08 35 49)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 277 (= GC 5120, d'Arrest, 1860 RA 00 44 12, NPD 99 21.2) is "faint, pretty small, 11th magnitude star to northwest".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.3 by 1.1 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 277
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 277
Below, a 1.6 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 277

NGC 278 (= PGC 3051)
Discovered (Dec 11, 1786) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 10.8 spiral galaxy (type (R)SA(rs)b?) in Cassiopeia (RA 00 52 04.3, Dec +47 33 02)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 278 (= GC 158 = JH 71 = WH I 159, 1860 RA 00 44 12, NPD 43 12.3) is "considerably bright, pretty large, round, 2 stars of 10th magnitude near".
Physical Information: The galaxy has a "nuclear ring" of active star formation surrounding the actual nucleus, and a much larger ring of relatively dark regions filled with gas and dust, almost certainly as the result of the merger of two former galaxies. Apparent size of about 1.8 by 1.6 arcmin (from the images below). Used by the de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxy Types as an example of galaxy type SA(rs)b.
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 278
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 278
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 278
Below, a 2 arcmin wide image of a similar field of view (Image Credit Hubble Legacy Archive)
'Raw' HST image of nucleus of spiral galaxy NGC 278
Below, a 1.2 arcmin wide image of the core of the galaxy
(Image Credit ESA/Hubble/NASA & S. Smartt (Queen's University Belfast))
HST image of the nucleus of spiral galaxy NGC 278

NGC 279 (= PGC 3055)
Discovered (Oct 1, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.7 lenticular galaxy (type (R)SAB0(r)a pec?) in Cetus (RA 00 52 09.0, Dec -02 13 06)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 279 (= GC 159 = JH 73 = WH III 439, 1860 RA 00 45 00, NPD 92 59.2) is "very faint, small, irregularly round, brighter middle, stellar".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.8 by 2.0 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 279
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 279
Below, a 3 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 279

NGC 280 (= PGC 3076)
Discovered (Dec 5, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 13.3 spiral galaxy (type (R)SAB(rs)b pec?) in Andromeda (RA 00 52 30.3, Dec +24 21 02)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 280 (= GC 160 = JH 72 = WH III 477, 1860 RA 00 45 00, NPD 66 25.4) is "extremely faint, small, round, 15th magnitude star 30 arcsec to east".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.8 by 1.0 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 280
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 280
Below, a 2 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 280

NGC 281 (perhaps =
IC 11?)
Discovered (Nov 16, 1881) by Edward Barnard (and later listed as NGC 281)
Perhaps reobserved (1890's?) by Edward Barnard (and later listed as IC 11)
An emission nebula in Cassiopeia (RA 00 52 49.3, Dec +56 37 38)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 281 (Barnard (a), 1860 00 45 07, NPD 34 10) is "faint, very large, diffuse, small triple star on northwestern edge".
Physical Information: The nebula is about 10 thousand light years away, and based on its 40 arcmin apparent size, is a little over 100 light years across. It is associated with open cluster OCL 313, and with IC 1590, the open cluster near the center of the nebula, which is responsible for most of the high-energy radiation that energizes the nebula.
DSS image of emission nebula NGC 281
Above, a 45 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 281

NGC 282 (= PGC 3090)
Discovered (Oct 13, 1879) by
Édouard Stephan
A magnitude 13.7 lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Pisces (RA 00 52 42.1, Dec +30 38 21)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 282 (Stephan list X (#3), 1860 RA 00 45 11, NPD 60 07.4) is "faint, small, round, a little brighter middle".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.15 by 0.7 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 282
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 282
Below, a 1.6 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 282

NGC 283 (= PGC 3124)
Discovered (Oct 2, 1886) by
Francis Leavenworth
Also observed (date?) by Herbert Howe
A magnitude 14.1 spiral galaxy (type SAB(rs)c?) in Cetus (RA 00 53 13.2, Dec -13 09 50)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 283 (Leavenworth list I (#14), 1860 RA 00 45 30, NPD 103 55.8) is "extremely faint, small, round, 1st of 4", the others being NGC 284, 285 and 286, all of which have identical positions and descriptions in the original NGC. The second Index Catalog lists a corrected position (per Howe) of RA 00 46 14, NPD 103 55.5. That precesses to RA 00 53 14.6, Dec -13 09 49, right on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.8 by 0.95 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 283, also showing NGC 284, NGC 285 and NGC 286
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 283, also showing NGC 284, 285 and 286
Below, a 2 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 283
Below, a 6 arcmin wide DSS image showing NGC 283, 284, 285 and 286
DSS image of galaxies NGC 283, NGC 284, NGC 285 and NGC 286

NGC 284 (= PGC 3131 = PGC 3132)
Discovered (Oct 2, 1886) by
Francis Leavenworth
Also observed (date?) by Herbert Howe
A magnitude 14.4 elliptical galaxy (type E1?) in Cetus (RA 00 53 24.2, Dec -13 09 32)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 284 (Leavenworth list I (#15), 1860 RA 00 45 30, NPD 103 55.8) is "extremely faint, small, round, 2nd of 4", the others being NGC 283, 285 and 286, all of which have identical positions and descriptions in the original NGC. The second Index Catalog lists a corrected position (per Howe) of RA 00 46 25, NPD 103 55.2. That precesses to RA 00 53 25.5, Dec -13 09 32, right on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.5 by 0.45 arcmin (from image below).
DSS image of region near elliptical galaxy NGC 284, also showing NGC 283, NGC 285 and NGC 286
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 284, also showing NGC 283, 285 and 286
Below, a 0.8 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of elliptical galaxy NGC 284
Below, a 6 arcmin wide DSS image showing NGC 283, 284, 285 and 286
DSS image of galaxies NGC 283, NGC 284, NGC 285 and NGC 286

NGC 285 (= PGC 3141)
Discovered (Oct 2, 1886) by
Francis Leavenworth
Also observed (date?) by Herbert Howe
A magnitude 14.7 lenticular galaxy (type (R)E/S0?) in Cetus (RA 00 53 29.9, Dec -13 09 39)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 285 (Leavenworth list I (#16), 1860 RA 00 45 30, NPD 103 55.8) is "extremely faint, small, round, 3rd of 4", the others being NGC 283, 284 and 286, all of which have identical positions and descriptions in the original NGC. The second Index Catalog lists a corrected position (per Howe) of RA 00 46 31, NPD 103 55.2. That precesses to RA 00 53 31.5, Dec -13 09 32, right on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.8 by 0.7 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near elliptical galaxy NGC 284 and lenticular galaxy NGC 285, also showing NGC 283 and NGC 286
Above, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on NGC 285 and NGC 284, also showing NGC 283 and 286
Below, a 1 arcmin wide DSS image of NGC 285
DSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 285
Below, a 6 arcmin wide region showing NGC 283, 284, 285 and 286
DSS image of galaxies NGC 283, NGC 284, NGC 285 and NGC 286

NGC 286 (= PGC 3142)
Discovered (Oct 2, 1886) by
Francis Leavenworth
Also observed (date?) by Herbert Howe
A magnitude 14.1 lenticular galaxy (type SB0(s)a pec?) in Cetus (RA 00 53 30.4, Dec -13 06 46)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 286 (Leavenworth list I (#17), 1860 RA 00 45 30, NPD 103 55.8) is "extremely faint, small, round, 4th of 4", the others being NGC 283, 284 and 285, all of which have identical positions and descriptions in the original NGC. The second Index Catalog lists a corrected position (per Howe) of RA 00 46 31, NPD 103 52.4. That precesses to RA 00 53 31.5, Dec -13 06 44, right on the galaxy, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.15 by 0.8 arcmin (from image below)
DSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 286, also showing NGC 283, NGC 284 and NGC 285
Above, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on NGC 286, also showing NGC 283, 284 and 285
Below, a 1.5 arcmin wide DSS image of NGC 286
DSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 286
Below, a 6 arcmin wide region showing NGC 283, 284, 285 and 286
DSS image of galaxies NGC 283, NGC 284, NGC 285 and NGC 286

NGC 287 (= PGC 3145)
Discovered (Nov 22, 1827) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 14.0 lenticular galaxy (type SB0(s)a?) in Pisces (RA 00 53 28.3, Dec +32 28 57)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 287 (= GC 161 = JH 75, 1860 RA 00 45 52, NPD 58 17.0) is "extremely faint, small, round (perhaps RA 46 52?)".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.85 by 0.55 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 287
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 287
Below, a 1 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 287

NGC 288 (= GCL 2)
Discovered (Oct 27, 1785) by
William Herschel
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 8.1 globular cluster (type X) in Sculptor (RA 00 52 45.2, Dec -26 35 03)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 288 (= GC 162 = JH 74 = JH 2354 = WH VI 20, 1860 RA 00 45 52, NPD 117 20.7) is "a globular cluster, bright, large, a little extended, stars from 12th to 16th magnitude".
Physical Information: Apparent size 13 arcmin? The position is for the core of the cluster; per Corwin the geometrical center is closer to RA 00 52 45.2, Dec -26 34 57.
DSS image of globular cluster NGC 288
Above, an 18 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 288
Below, a 3.5 arcmin wide HST image of the core of the cluster (Hubble Legacy Archive)
HST image of core of globular cluster NGC 288

NGC 289 (= PGC 3089)
Discovered (Sep 27, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 11.0 spiral galaxy (type SB(rs)bc) in Sculptor (RA 00 52 42.3, Dec -31 12 21)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 289 (= GC 163 = JH 2355, 1860 RA 00 45 58, NPD 121 57.9) is "very bright, large, pretty much extended, gradually brighter middle, 11th magnitude star to northwest".
Physical Information: The brighter portion of NGC 289 appears to be a more or less normal spiral galaxy about 3.4 by 2.8 arcmin across; but its wispy outer arms extend across a roughly 9.6 by 8.4 arcmin wide region. A faint elliptically shaped area on one of the northern arms may be a large star-forming region, or an elliptical companion whose interaction with the larger galaxy is responsible for its appearance. Used by the de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxy Types as an example of galaxy type SB(rs)bc.
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 289
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 289
Below, an enhanced version of the same image, showing the extended outer arms
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 289, digitally enhanced to show off its outer arms
Below, a ? arcmin wide HST image of the galaxy's central regions (Image Credit Hubble Legacy Archive)
HST image of part of the central region of spiral galaxy NGC 289
(Many other images available, of both core and outer regions)

NGC 290 (= "PGC 3517846", an OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 12.0 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 51 14.7, Dec -73 09 40)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 290 (= GC 164 = JH 2357, 1860 RA 00 46 17, NPD 163 54.8) is "extremely faint".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.8 by 0.8 arcmin. About two hundred thousand light-years distant, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, are the 12th magnitude open clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290. Each cluster spans about 65 light years, and contains hundreds or thousands of brilliant young stars. Most of the stars in the HST image are not cluster members, but lie in front of (in our own galaxy or the Small Magellanic Cloud) or behind (in the Small Magellanic Cloud) the clusters. Listed in LEDA as PGC 3517846, but a search of the database for that designation does not return a result.
DSS image of region near NGC 290, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 290
Below, a 1.2 arcmin wide DSS image of the open cluster
DSS image of NGC 290, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Below, a 68 arcsec wide image of the cluster (Image Credit E. Olszewski (U. Arizona), HST, ESA, NASA, HubbleSite)
HST image of open cluster NGC 290, in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 291 (= PGC 3140)
Discovered (Sep 27, 1864) by
Albert Marth
A magnitude 13.9 spiral galaxy (type (R)SB(r)a?) in Cetus (RA 00 53 29.9, Dec -08 46 04)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 291 (= GC 5121, Marth #17, 1860 RA 00 46 27, NPD 99 32) is "very faint, very small, a little extended, almost stellar".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.9 by 0.5 arcmin (from image below) A Seyfert galaxy (type Sy 2).
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 291
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 291
Below, a 1 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 291

NGC 292 (= PGC 3085), the Small Magellanic Cloud
First recorded (1501) by
Amerigo Vespucci
Undoubtedly seen by many others over the ages
Also observed (date?) by John Herschel
A magnitude 2.3 spiral galaxy (type SB(s)m pec) in Tucana (RA 00 52 37, Dec -72 48 00)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 292 (= GC 165 = JH 2356, 1860 RA 00 46 34, NPD 164 06.6) is "a cluster, faint, most extremely large, round, stars from 12th to 18th magnitude".
Physical Information: The Small Magellanic Cloud is a satellite or companion of our Milky Way Galaxy. Its recessional velocity of 158 km/sec is too small, in comparison to normal peculiar velocities (non-Hubble-redshift motions) to provide a reasonable estimate of distance. Redshift-independent distance estimates range from 160 to 250 thousand light years distance. At that distance, the SMC's apparent size of 315 by 235 arcmins implies a diameter of 18 thousand light years.
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud
Above, a 4 degree wide DSS image of NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud
Below, a 3.5 degree wide DSS image using the HST color palette
(Image Credit ESA/Hubble and DSS 2. Acknowledgements Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud, altered by using the HST color palette
Below, a ground-based near infrared view of the galaxy
(Image Credit F. Winkler/Middlebury College, MCELS Team, NOAO/AURA/NSF)
NOAO infrared image of spiral galaxy NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud
Below, a space-based far infrared image (Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/WISE)
WISE infrared image of spiral galaxy NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 293 (= PGC 3195)
Discovered (Sep 27, 1864) by
Albert Marth
A magnitude 14.2 spiral galaxy (type (R')SB(rs)b) in Cetus (RA 00 54 16.0, Dec -07 14 07)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 293 (= GC 5122, Marth #18, 1860 RA 00 47 11, NPD 98 00) is "very faint, small".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.3 by 1.1 arcmin (per image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 293
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 293
Below, a 1.6 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 293

NGC 294 (an OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Possibly observed (Sep 5, 1826) by
James Dunlop (D 5,6 ?)
Discovered (Apr 11, 1834) by John Herschel
A magnitude 12.7 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 53 05.7, Dec -73 22 48)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 294 (= GC 166 = JH 2358, Dunlop 5, 6?, 1860 RA 00 47 15, NPD 164 08.5) is "very faint, pretty large, round, very gradually a little brighter middle, mottled but not resolved".
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.8 arcmin??
DSS image of region near NGC 294, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 294
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide DSS image of the region near the cluster
DSS image of NGC 294, an open cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud

NGC 295 (not = PGC 3260)
Recorded (Oct 26, 1872) by
Ralph Copeland
A lost or nonexistent object in Pisces (RA 00 55 05.4, Dec +31 31 49)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 295 (= GC 5123, Copeland using Lord Rosse's 6-foot reflector, 1860 RA 00 47 30, NPD 59 13.8) is "faint, small, round, star 10 arcsec north, II 214 to northeast", II 214 being NGC 296. The position precesses to RA 00 55 05.4, Dec +31 31 49, whence the position listed above, but there is nothing there, save for NGC 296 (which must be there, since Copeland measured the position relative to what he thought was that nebula). As a result, NGC 295 has long been (and still is, in some places) thought to be the galaxy that should be listed as NGC 296, and that galaxy was thought to be lost, which is the exact opposite of the truth. Per Corwin, Copeland thought he was observing NGC 296 and another galaxy near it, but it is now clear that he must have been observing a different pair of galaxies, as his description (posted at the end of this entry) does not match anything in the field. To date, no one has found out which galaxies, but Copeland's notes may enable a future search for suitable candidates. For the presumed but incorrect NGC 296 he wrote: "faint, round, 10th magnitude yellow star at position angle 29.6 degrees, 123.1 arcsec distant". For the "Nova" that became NGC 295 he wrote: "small, round, with a star or another nebula 10 arcsec north. Position angle from (the erroneous NGC 296) 242.0 degrees, 314.6 arcsec distant, or 21.6 seconds of time to the west and 147.6 arcsec south".
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 296, showing Copeland's position for NGC 295 and Herschel's position for NGC 296
Above, a 12 arcmin wide view of spiral galaxy NGC 296 and Herschel and Copeland's positions for NGC 296 and 295 makes it appear that the galaxy should be Copeland's NGC 295, and not Herschel's NGC 296; and that was thought to be the case for a long time. But Copeland's description of the field does not match the galaxy, whereas Herschel's does; so it is now believed that the galaxy is NGC 296, and NGC 295 is lost or nonexistent.

NGC 296 (= PGC 3260)
Discovered (Sep 12, 1784) by
William Herschel
A magnitude 12.6 spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Pisces (RA 00 55 07.5, Dec +31 32 32)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 296 (= GC 167 = WH II 214, 1860 RA 00 47 52, NPD 59 11.3) is "faint, a little extended, 10th magnitude star 2' to northeast". The position precesses to RA 00 55 27.6, Dec +31 34 38, about 20s of time east-northeast of the correct position. That is close enough to the galaxy that it might have been easily identified as NGC 296 save for one thing, namely the 10th magnitude star supposedly 2' to the northeast, which does not match the galaxy at all. Per Corwin, the problem is the entry for Copeland's NGC 295 (which see for more about the confounding of these entries), whose incorrect position is considerably closer to the correct NGC 296 than Herschel's position, leading to the presumption that NGC 295 was the galaxy now identified as NGC 296, and Herschel's object was lost or nonexistent. This incorrect identification was partly caused by Dreyer's description of NGC 296, which is not that of either William or John Herschel, but an amalgamation of their descriptions and the one for NGC 295 by Copeland (which as just noted was presumed to be this galaxy). The two Herschels' descriptions, though slightly different, agree that WH II 214 is "faint, extended, with a bright star to the east (and very near)". That is a perfect description of PGC 3260, and despite the error in Herschel's position, makes it certain that NGC 296 is the galaxy formerly identified as NGC 295.
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 2.35 by 0.9 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 296, formerly misidentified as NGC 295
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 296 (formerly misidentified as NGC 295)
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 296, formerly misidentified as NGC 295

NGC 297 (= PGC 1020464)
Discovered (Sep 27, 1864) by
Albert Marth
A magnitude 15.5 elliptical galaxy (type E2? pec?) in Cetus (RA 00 54 58.9, Dec -07 20 59)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 297 (= GC 5124, Marth #19, 1860 RA 00 47 56, NPD 98 07) is "extremely faint".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 0.3 by 0.25 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near elliptical galaxy NGC 297, also showing NGC 298
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 297, also showing NGC 298
Below, a 0.6 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of elliptical galaxy NGC 297

NGC 298 (= PGC 3250)
Discovered (Sep 27, 1864) by
Albert Marth
A magnitude 13.8 spiral galaxy (type Scd?) in Cetus (RA 00 55 02.3, Dec -07 19 59)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 298 (= GC 5125, Marth #20, 1860 RA 00 47 58, NPD 98 06) is "pretty faint".
Physical Information: Apparent size of about 1.6 by 0.5 arcmin (from image below)
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 298, also showing NGC 297
Above, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on NGC 298, also showing NGC 297
Below, a 1.7 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 298

NGC 299 (= "PGC 3517848", an OCL in the Small Magellanic Cloud)
Discovered (Aug 12, 1834) by
John Herschel
A magnitude 11 open cluster in Tucana (RA 00 53 24.7, Dec -72 11 48)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 299 (= GC 168 = JH 2360, 1860 RA 00 48 23, NPD 162 57.4) is "pretty bright, very small, round, gradually very little brighter middle, mottled but not resolved" (Dreyer's entry contains a typographical error, using "R" for "M" in "brighter middle").
Physical Information: Apparent size about 0.7 by 0.7 arcmin (from LEDA). Although LEDA assigns the designation PGC 3517848 to NGC 299, a search of the database for that designation returns no result.
DSS image of region near open cluster NGC 299, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, also showing NGC 306
Below, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 299, also showing NGC 306
Below, a 2 arcmin wide DSS image of the cluster
DSS image of open cluster NGC 299, in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Below, a 1.1 arcmin wide HST image of the cluster (Image Credit ESA/Hubble/NASA)
HST image of open cluster NGC 299, in the Small Magellanic Cloud
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