Clusters (and cluster stars) which have no NGC or IC number are called under the generic appellation Cl or Cl* followed by the cluster names and numbers as described below. The table on the next page lists most of the possible names associated to star clusters, with the exception of NGC and IC.
The following syntax is to be used:
Examples of designations of stars in Clusters:
NGC 2264 an NGC cluster NGC 2264 2 a star in NGC 2264 Cl Melotte 25 Melotte 25: the Hyades cluster Cl Melotte 25 1 1st star in the main list by Van Bueren Cl* Melotte 25 VA 13 13th star in a list by Van Altena
More details about nomenclature can be obtained by the commands
info cati name or
info -l cati name
the latter being used for a long description, including the authors and full bibliographical references.
Note: a similar system of designation is used for the planetary nebulae (PN), using a prefix PN. For instance,
PN Hb 1 represents the 1st star in the list by Hubble.
A complete list of all such PN lists can be found by the command info cati PN
Apriamaswili Arp Barhatova Basel Berkeley Biurakan Blanco Bochum Collinder Czernik Deje Dolidze Dolidze-Dzim Dufay Feinstein Graff Haffner Harvard Haute-Provence Hogg IskurzdajanKing Kron Lindsay Lynga Melotte Mrk (Markarjan) Palomar (Pal) Pismis Roslund Ruprecht Sher Sahlbajan Stephenson Stock Terzan Tombaugh Trumpler Upgren VDB (Van den Bergh) WesterlundNotes: NGC 869 = h Per NGC 884 = χ Per NGC 2632 = Praesepe Cl Blanco 1 = ζ Scl Cl Melotte 20 = α Per Cl Melotte 22 = Pleiades Cl Melotte 25 = Hyades Cl Melotte 111 = Coma Ber