NGC 7235 (= NGC 7234) -- Open Cluster in Cepheus
NGC 7235 is NGC 7234
Two NGC numbers given to the same object is obviously an error. It is believed that when
William Herschel first came across this Open Cluster in 1787 that his sister Caroline Herschel
made a slight error when rewriting the celestial coordinates. It was assigned as NGC 7234.
In 1829 William’s son, John Herschel, again ran across this Open Cluster and correctly
recorded the celestial coordinates. Thinking that it was a “new find” he assigned it as
NGC 7235. Thus, this pretty, but not overly spectacular little cluster, has two designations. It
currently goes by NGC 7235 in modern star atlases.