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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)

Apparent size 15.0 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)

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)

(only historical information to be posted here; for physical data and images see NGC 6226)


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)
Apparent size 0.6 by 0.6 arcmin SDSS image of lenticular galaxy NGC 6203
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 6203
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
Also shown are several other members of the Hercules Cluster
SDSS image of region near lenticular galaxy NGC 6203, also showing several other members of the Hercules Cluster
(a labeled version of the image above to be posted at a later date)

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)

Apparent size 6.0 arcmin


NGC 6205 (=
M13 = GCL 45) -- The 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)

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 wide-field view of M13 (Image Credits: N.A.Sharp, REU program/AURA/NSF/NOAO)
Below, a closeup of the cluster (Image Credits and Copyright: Jim Misti, Misti Mountain Observatory; used by permission)
Misti Mountain Observatory image of globular cluster NGC 6205, also known as M13, and the Globular Cluster in Hercules
Below, a HST image of the core of M13 (Image Credits: ESA/Hubble/NASA)
HST image of the core of globular cluster NGC 6205, also known as M13, and the 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)

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. 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)

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)

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)

Apparent size 2.0 by 1.6 arcmin


NGC 6210
Discovered (1825) by
Wilhelm Struve (5)
A 9th-magnitude planetary nebula in Hercules (RA 16 44 29.5, Dec +23 48 02)

The second IC states "Nucleus suspected of variability, Burnham, A.N. 4261". Apparent size 0.35 arcmin.


NGC 6211 (= PGC 58775)
Discovered (Jun 25, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-63)
A 13th-magnitude lenticular galaxy (type SB0) in Draco (RA 16 41 27.6, Dec +57 47 02)

The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 39 00. 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)

Apparent size 0.6 by 0.4 arcmin


NGC 6213 (= PGC 58778)
Discovered (Jun 25, 1887) by
Lewis Swift (9-64)
A 15th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sa) in Draco (RA 16 41 37.3, Dec +57 48 54)

The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 39 10. 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)

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)

Apparent size 2.2 by 2.0 arcmin


PGC 59180 (= NGC 6215A)
Not an NGC object but sometimes called NGC 6215A because of its proximity to
NGC 6215
A 13th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type Sb) in Ara (RA 16 52 48.7, Dec -58 56 49)

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)

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)

Apparent size 3.6 by 3.1 arcmin.

SDSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Above, a 4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 6217
Below, a detailed view of the galaxy (Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, Acknowledgment Stephen Byrne)
HST image of spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Below, a more detailed view of the central portions of the galaxy (Image Credits as above)
HST image of spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
SDSS image of region near 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)
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 view of M12 (Image Credits: REU Program, AURA, NSF, NOAO)
Below, a closeup of the cluster (Image Credits and Copyright: 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 view of the cluster's core (Image Credits: 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)

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)

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)

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)

(this entry will only contain historical information; for physical data and images see NGC 6216)


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)

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)

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)

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)

Apparent size 0.8 by 0.4 arcmin

DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6226
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 6226
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
DSS image of region near spiral galaxy NGC 6226

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


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)

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)

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)

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)

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. 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 open cluster NGC 6231
Above, a 20 arcmin wide view of NGC 6231
Below, a 3.5 degree wide view centered on the cluster
DSS image of region near 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The second IC lists a corrected RA (per Bigourdan) of 16 45 55. 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)


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)

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)

Apparent size 2.4 by 1.1 arcmin


WORKING HERE: Need to get rid of linear artifact, rearrange pix & captions

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)

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 irregular galaxy NGC 6420
Above, a 2.4 arcmin wide view of NGC 6240
Below, a detail of the galaxy (Image Credits HST (more, plus link TBA))
HST image of irregular galaxy NGC 6240
Below, a detail of the galaxy (Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI-ESA/ S. Bush et al. Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Composite of HST and Spitzer images of irregular galaxy NGC 6420
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
SDSS image of region near irregular galaxy NGC 6420, overlaid on a DSS background to fill in missing areas

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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)

Apparent size 1.5 by 0.6 arcmin


PGC 59090 (= NGC 6246A)
Not an NGC object, but sometimes called NGC 6246A because of its proximity to
NGC 6246
A 14th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBc pec) in Draco (RA 16 50 14.0, Dec +55 23 05)

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)

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)

Apparent size 3.1 by 1.2 arcmin

DSS image of spiral galaxy NGC 6248
Above, a 3.6 arcmin wide closeup of NGC 6248
Below, a 12 arcmin wide region centered on the galaxy
DSS image of region near 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)

Apparent size 6.0 arcmin

Celestial Atlas
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