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NGC 6200 (= OCL 978)
Discovered (Jul 1, 1834) by
John Herschel
A 7th-magnitude open cluster (type III2m) in Ara (RA 16 44 08.6, Dec -47 28 11)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 15? arcmin

NGC 6201 (= PGC 58727)
Discovered (Jun 6, 1864) by
Albert Marth (314)
A 15th-magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E3?) in Hercules (RA 16 40 14.4, Dec +23 45 55)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.4 by 0.3? arcmin

NGC 6202 (=
NGC 6226 = PGC 58847)
Discovered (Sep 24, 1862) by Heinrich d'Arrest (and later listed as NGC 6226)
Discovered (Jul 9, 1886) by Lewis Swift (4-38) (and later listed as NGC 6202)
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type S?? pec) in Draco (RA 16 43 23.2, Dec +61 59 01)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.8 by 0.4? arcmin
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 6202
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 6202
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6202

NGC 6203 (= PGC 58729)
Discovered (Jun 6, 1864) by
Albert Marth (315)
A 14th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Hercules (RA 16 40 27.3, Dec +23 46 31)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.6 by 0.6? arcmin
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 6203, also showing several other members of the Hercules Cluster
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image of NGC 6203, showing numerous members of the Hercules Cluster
(Labeled version of image above to be posted later)
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 6203

NGC 6204 (= OCL 982)
Discovered (May 13, 1826) by
James Dunlop (442)
An 8th-magnitude open cluster (type I2p) in Ara (RA 16 46 07.9, Dec -47 00 44)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 6.0? arcmin

NGC 6205 (=
M13 = GCL 45), The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
Discovered (1714) by Edmund Halley
Recorded (1764) by Charles Messier as M13
A 6th-magnitude globular cluster (type V) in Hercules (RA 16 41 41.5, Dec +36 27 39)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: About 22 thousand light years away, M13 contains about a million stars within its 150 light year width. Apparent size 20 arcmin.
NOAO image of globular cluster NGC 6205, also known as M13, and the Globular Cluster in Hercules
Above, a ? arcmin wide image of M13 (Image Credit N.A.Sharp, REU program/AURA/NSF/NOAO)
Below, a ? arcmin wide image of the cluster
(Image Credit & © Jim Misti, Misti Mountain Observatory; used by permission)
Misti Mountain Observatory image of globular cluster NGC 6205, also known as M13, and as the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
Below, a ? arcmin wide HST image of the core of M13 (Image Credit ESA/Hubble/NASA)
HST image of the core of globular cluster NGC 6205, also known as M13, and as the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

NGC 6206 (=
IC 1227 = PGC 58723)
Discovered (Oct 23, 1886) by Lewis Swift (5-71) (and later listed as NGC 6206)
Discovered (Aug 13, 1888) by Guillaume Bigourdan (and later listed as IC 1227)
A 14th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Draco (RA 16 40 07.9, Dec +58 37 02)
Historical Identification: The second IC adds "Sw 5 = IC 1227, Bigourdan 210"; so the identity of the two entries has been known for more than a century.
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.7 by 0.7? arcmin.

NGC 6207 (= PGC 58827)
Discovered (May 16, 1787) by
William Herschel
A 12th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Hercules (RA 16 43 03.7, Dec +36 49 55)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.0 by 1.2? arcmin

NGC 6208 (= OCL 964)
Discovered (Jul 28, 1826) by
James Dunlop (364)
A 7th-magnitude open cluster (type II1m) in Ara (RA 16 49 25.8, Dec -53 42 18)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 18? arcmin

NGC 6209 (= PGC 59252)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1835) by
John Herschel
A 12th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sbc?) in Apus (RA 16 54 57.7, Dec -72 35 12)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.0 by 1.6? arcmin

NGC 6210
Discovered (1825) by
Wilhelm Struve (5)
Also observed by Sherburne Burnham
A 9th-magnitude planetary nebula in Hercules (RA 16 44 29.5, Dec +23 48 02)
Historical Identification: The second IC states "Nucleus suspected of variability, Burnham, A.N. 4261".
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.35? arcmin.

NGC 6211 (= PGC 58775)
Discovered (Jun 25, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-63)
Also observed by Guillaume Bigourdan
A 13th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0?) in Draco (RA 16 41 27.6, Dec +57 47 02)
Historical Identification: The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 39 00.
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.6 by 1.2? arcmin.

NGC 6212 (= PGC 58840)
Discovered (Jul 26, 1870) by
Édouard Stephan (2-3)
A 14th-magnitude compact galaxy (type C??) in Hercules (RA 16 43 23.2, Dec +39 48 26)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.6 by 0.4? arcmin

NGC 6213 (= PGC 58778)
Discovered (Jun 25, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-64)
Also observed by Guillaume Bigourdan
A 15th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sa?) in Draco (RA 16 41 37.3, Dec +57 48 54)
Historical Identification: The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 39 10.
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.7 by 0.3? arcmin.

NGC 6214 (= PGC 58709)
Discovered (Aug 2, 1884) by
Lewis Swift (1-47)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sbc?) in Draco (RA 16 39 31.8, Dec +66 02 23)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.0 by 0.8? arcmin

NGC 6215 (= PGC 59112)
Discovered (Jul 9, 1836) by
John Herschel
A 12th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Ara (RA 16 51 07.0, Dec -58 59 35)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.2 by 2.0? arcmin

PGC 59180 (= NGC 6215A)
Not an NGC object but listed here since sometimes called NGC 6215A
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sb?) in
Ara (RA 16 52 48.7, Dec -58 56 49)
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.5 by 0.5? arcmin

NGC 6216 (=
NGC 6222 = OCL 989)
Discovered (May 13, 1826) by James Dunlop (454) (and later listed as NGC 6216)
Discovered (May 13, 1826) by James Dunlop (454) (and later listed as NGC 6222)
A 10th-magnitude open cluster (type II2p) in Scorpius (RA 16 49 23.5, Dec -44 43 53)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 4.0? arcmin

NGC 6217 (= PGC 58477)
Discovered (Dec 12, 1797) by
William Herschel
An 11th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type (R)SB(rs)bc?) in Ursa Minor (RA 16 32 38.7, Dec +78 11 57)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.6 by 3.1? arcmin.
SDSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS image centered on NGC 6217
Below, a 4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Below, a ? arcmin wide image of the galaxy (Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, Acknowledgment Stephen Byrne)
HST image of spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Below, a ? arcmin wide image of the central part of the galaxy (Image Credit as above)
HST image of central portion of spiral galaxy NGC 6217

NGC 6218 (=
M12 = GCL 46)
Discovered (May 30, 1764) by Charles Messier
A 6th-magnitude globular cluster (type IX) in Ophiuchus (RA 16 47 14.5, Dec -01 56 50)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: About 15 thousand light years away, and 70 light years across. Apparent size 16 arcmin.
NOAO image of globular cluster NGC 6218, also known as M12
Above, a ? arcmin wide image of NGC 6218 (Image Credit REU Program, AURA, NSF, NOAO)
Below, a ? arcmin wide image of the cluster
(Image Credit & © Jim Misti, Misti Mountain Observatory; used by permission)
Misti Mountain Observatory image of globular cluster NGC 6218, also known as M12
Below, a roughly 3.2 arcmin wide image of the cluster's core (Image Credit ESA/Hubble, NASA)
HST image of core of of globular cluster NGC 6218, also known as M12

NGC 6219 (= PGC 58944)
Discovered (Jun 10, 1863) by
Albert Marth (316)
A 14th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Hercules (RA 16 46 22.6, Dec +09 02 18)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.7 by 0.7? arcmin

NGC 6220 (= PGC 58979)
Discovered (Jun 19, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-65)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sab?) in Ophiuchus (RA 16 47 13.2, Dec -00 16 30)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.7 by 0.9? arcmin

NGC 6221 (= PGC 59175)
Discovered (May 3, 1835) by
John Herschel
A 10th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc?) in Ara (RA 16 52 46.1, Dec -59 13 06)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.5 by 2.5? arcmin

NGC 6222 (=
NGC 6216 = OCL 989)
Discovered (May 13, 1826) by James Dunlop (454) (and later listed as NGC 6216)
Discovered (May 13, 1826) by James Dunlop (454) (and later listed as NGC 6222)
A 10th-magnitude open cluster (type II2p) in Scorpius (RA 16 49 23.5, Dec -44 43 53)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Given the duplicate entry, see NGC 6216 for anything else.

NGC 6223 (= PGC 58828)
Discovered (Sep 24, 1862) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A 12th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Draco (RA 16 43 04.2, Dec +61 34 43)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.5 by 2.6? arcmin

NGC 6224 (= PGC 59017)
Discovered (Jun 15, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-66)
A 14th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Hercules (RA 16 48 18.5, Dec +06 18 44)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.0 by 1.0? arcmin

NGC 6225 (= PGC 59024)
Discovered (Jun 15, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-67)
A 14th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type E/S0?) in Hercules (RA 16 48 21.6, Dec +06 13 23)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.9 by 0.6? arcmin

NGC 6226 (=
NGC 6202 = PGC 58847)
Discovered (Sep 24, 1862) by Heinrich d'Arrest (and later listed as NGC 6226)
Discovered (Jul 9, 1886) by Lewis Swift (and later listed as NGC 6202)
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type S? pec) in Draco (RA 16 43 23.2, Dec +61 59 01)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Given the duplicate entry, see NGC 6202 for anything else.

NGC 6227
Discovered (Jun 5, 1834) by
John Herschel
A star cloud in Scorpius (RA 16 51 30.0, Dec -40 54 00)
Historical Identification:

NGC 6228 (= PGC 59007)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1864) by
Albert Marth (317)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sb?) in Hercules (RA 16 48 02.8, Dec +26 12 46)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.1 by 0.6? arcmin

NGC 6229 (= GCL 47)
Discovered (May 12, 1787) by
William Herschel
A 9th-magnitude globular cluster (type IV) in Hercules (RA 16 46 58.9, Dec+47 31 42)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 4.5? arcmin

NGC 6230 (= PGC 59106)
Discovered (Jul 3, 1886) by
Lewis Swift (4-40)
A 14th-magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E1?) in Hercules (RA 16 50 46.8, Dec +04 36 16)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.8 by 0.7? arcmin

NGC 6231 (= OCL 997)
Discovered (before 1654) by
Giovanni Hodierna (list I, #7)
Discovered (1678) by Edmond Halley
A 3rd-magnitude open cluster (type I3p) in Scorpius (RA 16 54 09.8, Dec -41 49 30)
Historical Identification: Per Dreyer, NGC 6231 (= Halley, Lacaille's list II #13, Dunlop #499, 1860 RA 16 44 15, NPD 131 33.6) is "cluster, bright, considerably large, pretty rich, stars from 10th to 13th magnitude". (Note: See Hodierna for a discussion of why he was not credited with the discovery of any NGC object. His list I was for visible groups of stars, so he must have seen that this object consisted of individual stars.) The position precesses to RA 16 54 04.0, Dec -41 47 50, a little over 2 arcmin northwest of the currently accepted position of the cluster, but still well within its central condensation, so the identification is certain.
Physical Information: NGC 6231 is part of the Scorpius OB association, which consists of multiple clusters of very young stars. NGC 6231's hottest star, ζ Scorpii, is spectral type O8. Having a Main Sequence star of this high brightness and temperature implies a cluster age of just over 3 million years. The cluster is about 6000 light years away. Given that and its apparent size of about 15 arcmin, it is about 25 light years in diameter. The region surrounding the cluster is filled with clouds of gas and dust, many of which are heated, lit and sculpted by the radiation of the stars in the cluster.
DSS image of region near open cluster NGC 6231
Above, a 3.5 degree wide DSS image centered on NGC 6231
Below, a 20 arcmin wide DSS image of the cluster
DSS image of open cluster NGC 6231

NGC 6232 (= PGC 58841)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1884) by
Lewis Swift (1-48)
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBa?) in Draco (RA 16 43 19.9, Dec +70 37 57)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.5 by 1.5? arcmin

NGC 6233 (= PGC 59086)
Discovered (Jul 12, 1880) by
Édouard Stephan (11c-11)
A 13th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type S0?) in Hercules (RA 16 50 15.6, Dec +23 34 49)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.4 by 1.0? arcmin

NGC 6234 (= PGC 59144)
Discovered (Jun 17, 1863) by
Albert Marth (318)
A 14th-magnitude elliptical galaxy (type E0?) in Ophiuchus (RA 16 51 57.2, Dec +04 23 03)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.4 by 0.4? arcmin

NGC 6235 (= GCL 48)
Discovered (May 26, 1786) by
William Herschel
A 9th-magnitude globular cluster (type X) in Ophiuchus (RA 16 53 25.4, Dec -22 10 36)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 5.0? arcmin

NGC 6236 (= PGC 58891)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1884) by
Lewis Swift (1-50)
A 12th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc?) in Draco (RA 16 44 34.3, Dec +70 46 48)
Historical Identification: The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 45 55.
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.9 by 1.6? arcmin.

NGC 6237
Recorded (Jun 28, 1884) by
Lewis Swift (1-49)
A lost or nonexistent object in Draco (RA 16 44 07.4, Dec +70 38 05)
Historical Identification:

NGC 6238 (= PGC 58980)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1886) by
Lewis Swift (4-41)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sc? pec) in Draco (RA 16 47 15.9, Dec +62 08 51)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 0.6 by 0.4? arcmin

NGC 6239 (= PGC 59083)
Discovered (Apr 12, 1788) by
William Herschel
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Hercules (RA 16 50 05.2, Dec +42 44 23)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.4 by 1.1? arcmin

NGC 6240 (=
IC 4625 = PGC 59186)
Discovered (Jul 12, 1871) by Édouard Stephan (2-4) (and later listed as NGC 6240)
Discovered (late 1890's?) by Edward Barnard (and later listed as IC 4625)
A magnitude 12.9 irregular galaxy (type I0? pec) in Ophiuchus (RA 16 52 58.8, Dec +02 24 11)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.1 by 1.0 arcmin? NGC 6240 represents one of the later stages in the collision and merging of two galaxies.
SDSS image of region near irregular galaxy NGC 6420, overlaid on a DSS background to fill in missing areas
Above, a 12 arcmin wide SDSS/DSS composite image centered on NGC 6240
Below, a 2.4 arcmin wide SDSS image of the galaxy
SDSS image of irregular galaxy NGC 6420
Below, a ? arcmin wide image of the galaxy (Image Credit HST (more, plus link TBA))
HST image of irregular galaxy NGC 6240
Below, a ? arcmin wide HST/Spitzer multi-spectral image of the galaxy
(Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI-ESA/ S. Bush et al. Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Composite of HST and Spitzer images of irregular galaxy NGC 6420

NGC 6241 (= PGC 59085)
Discovered (Apr 29, 1788) by
William Herschel
A 15th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sc?) in Hercules (RA 16 50 11.0, Dec +45 25 16)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.0 by 0.8? arcmin

NGC 6242 (= OCL 1001)
Discovered (1751) by
Nicolas Lacaille (I.10)
A 6th-magnitude open cluster (type I3m) in Scorpius (RA 16 55 30.6, Dec -39 28 01)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 9.0? arcmin

NGC 6243 (= PGC 59161)
Discovered (Jun 10, 1880) by
Édouard Stephan (11c-12)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sa?) in Hercules (RA 16 52 26.3, Dec +23 19 58)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.0 by 0.4? arcmin

NGC 6244 (= PGC 59009)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1886) by
Lewis Swift (4-42)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBa?) in Draco (RA 16 48 03.9, Dec +62 12 02)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.6 by 0.3? arcmin

NGC 6245
Recorded (Jun 28, 1884) by
Lewis Swift (1-51)
A lost or nonexistent object in Draco (RA 16 45 22.4, Dec +70 48 16)
Historical Identification:

NGC 6246 (= PGC 59077)
Discovered (Jun 28, 1886) by
Lewis Swift (4-43)
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBb?) in Draco (RA 16 49 53.0, Dec +55 32 34)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.5 by 0.6? arcmin

PGC 59090 (= "NGC 6246A")
Not an NGC object, but listed here since sometimes called NGC 6246A
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc pec) in
Draco (RA 16 50 14.0, Dec +55 23 05)
Physical Information: Apparent size 2.0 by 2.0? arcmin

NGC 6247 (= PGC 59023)
Discovered (Sep 24, 1862) by
Heinrich d'Arrest
A 13th-magnitude peculiar galaxy (type pec??) in Draco (RA 16 48 19.4, Dec +62 58 38)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 1.0 by 0.3? arcmin

NGC 6248 (= PGC 58946)
Discovered (Aug 11, 1885) by
Lewis Swift (2-44)
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBcd?) in Draco (RA 16 46 22.3, Dec +70 21 22)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 3.1 by 1.2? arcmin
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 6248
Above, a 12 arcmin wide DSS image centered on NGC 6248
Below, a 3.6 arcmin wide DSS image of the galaxy
DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6248

NGC 6249 (= OCL 994)
Discovered (Jul 31, 1826) by
James Dunlop (455)
An 8th-magnitude open cluster (type II1p) in Scorpius (RA 16 57 41.7, Dec -44 48 17)
Historical Identification:
Physical Information: Apparent size 6.0? arcmin
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