NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort
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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 1:53:28.7
Visual Magnitude: 14.6
Year of discovery: 1885
Discovery aperture: 26.3
Summary description: vF, vS, R, bMN, * 11 p 11s
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.
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.