Frankfurt Quasar Monitoring

PGC 61965
Object data

  Cross-Identifications   RX J1830.3+7312, 2MASS J18302317+7313107
  2MASSi J1830231+731310, IRAS F18315+7310
  GALEXASC J183023.19+731310.6, LEDA 61965
  1RXS J183022.3+731300, QSO B1831+731
  WISEA J183023.15+731310.6
  Equat. coordinates   RA  18 30 23.3     DE  +73 13 10     (J2000)
  Constellation   Draco
  Type   QSO
  Redshift   z=0.123
  Distance (2) (3)
  491 Mpc
  Total mag range (mv) (4) (5)   13.8 - >20
  Catalog Magnitude (1)   15.5
  Absolute Magnitude (1)   -23.9 MB
  Light Travel-Time (2)   1.512 × 109 yrs
(1) Véron-Cetty & Véron 2006, A&A 455, 776
(2) NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database
(3) Co-Moving Radial Distance
(4) Frankfurt Quasar Monitoring
(5) Literature

Finding chart

Comparison stars

star B V
1 14.853 (0.008) 13.951 (0.000)
2 14.798 (0.015)
14.050 (0.000)
3 15.094 (0.011)
14.150 (0.017)
4 15.267 (0.011)
14.351 (0.012)
5 15.605 (0.000) 14.675 (0.017)
16.283 (0.051) 15.277 (0.000)
comparison stars from APASS (DR6)

Light curve

PGC 61965 (1831+731) is a bright quasar in northern Draco, only 50´NE of 3.5-mag Chi (44) Draconis. This object was discovered by Zwicky (1968) as a faint member of the remote galaxy cluster ZwCl 1831.4+7310 = ZW 8376. A close look at old POSS plates revealed PGC 61965 as a faint 18-19 mag compact galaxy. Dramatic changes were recognized by P. Wild in 1975 (IAU Circ. 2791). He found the object to be variable in the optical between 15 mag and less than 20-21 mag. Between 1960 and 1965, it could not be detected photographically. Then in 1975, he reported an optical outburst of 15.0-15.5 mag. Wild described the galaxy PGC 61965 as "compact, almost stellar". Based on the strong variability, Wills initially assumed that this object might be a BL Lacertae-type object. However, follow-up spectroscopic investigations revealed a Seyfert 1-spectrum, which led to the quasar classification. Due to P. Wild´s investigations, PGC 61965 is also dubbed the "Wild's Variable Object". In 1971, the quasar was identified as a radio source by the Texas Radio Astronomy Observatory. PGC 61965 was also detected by the International Ultraviolet Explorer IUE (1978-1987), in the infrared by both IRAS and the 2MASS-Survey, and finally as an X-ray source by ROSAT (RX).

PGC 61965 is a large amplitude variable object with a total range of about 6 magnitudes in the optical (14 - 20+ mag). Observations by the Frankfurt Quasar Monitoring programme have shown the quasar as a bright stellar object ranging between 13.8 m and 15.8 m, with a continuous decline in apparent brightness since about 2008.

Quasar PGC 61965 is located in northern Draco, only 50´NE of 3.5-mag Chi Draconis (44 Dra). The small asterism, a few arcminutes SE of the quasar, reminded the author of the constellation “Cepheus”, so he christened this star pattern the “Little Cepheus”, which makes the identification of PGC 61965 very easy in both the eyepiece and the CCD frame. Visual observers need at least an 10- to 12-inch telescope to spot this stellar object. Even with large aperture telescopes this quasar remains a stellar object.
CCD observers, as well as visual observers, shall use the comparison stars given above. Deep CCD images also reveal some tiny, faint galaxies around. Most of them are members of the host galaxy cluster mentioned above.
Some of them can also be seen in the finding chart above.

Two pretty bright galaxies can be observed nearby: The first one is NGC 6643, some 1.5° NW. This 11.7-mag Sc-spiral is elongated 3.7´× 1.8´. By slewing the telescope only 27´ to the west of the QSO position, observers find NGC 6654, a SB0a-type spiral of 12.8-mag with an apparent diameter of 2.6´× 2.1´.

Another bright source of quasi-stellar photons is BL Lac object 3C 371, a 14-mag object at a distance of about 0.6×109 light-years, 3.8° SW of
PGC 61965.

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© Stefan Karge  /  last obs. 2023-01-07