NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort

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Basic Information

Location and Magnitude

Right Ascension: 1:53:28.7
Declination: -16:59:44
Constellation: CET
Visual Magnitude: 14.6

Historic Information

Discoverer: Leavenworth
Year of discovery: 1885
Discovery aperture: 26.3


Summary description: vF, vS, R, bMN, * 11 p 11s
Sub-type: Sb

Corwin's Notes

===== NGC 734. This is another of the Leander McCormick objects with a poor position. It is usually taken as PGC 07121 = 2MASX J01545728-1704477, and is more or less confirmed by the star about 4 arcmin to the west-northwest shown on Leavenworth's sketch. However, a brighter star about three minutes to the south-southeast is not on the sketch. How did Leavenworth miss the brighter of the two neighboring stars? Steve Gottlieb has suggested that the galaxy that Leavenworth swept up is actually 2MASX J01532872-1659442, a brighter spiral with just one star almost exactly west, where Leavenworth sketched it. Because this galaxy agrees with Leavenworth's observation much better than PGC 07121, it is the one that we've adopted as NGC 734.

Steve's Notes

===== NGC 734 24" (10/3/13): faint to fairly faint, small, round, 18" diameter, low even surface brightness. Can hold continuously at 375x. Located 10' SE of mag 5.8 HD 11522. PGC 7121, identified as NGC 734 in the RNGC and PGC, is located 22' ESE. PGC 7121 appeared extremely faint, small, slightly elongated, 15"x12", required averted vision.