3CS 1871 MS 68 * NGC
Here is one of the absolute finest, tied with at most three others at the top of NGC's Census and one of just two of those to earn the coveted "star" designation for high eye appeal. Not only are the surfaces virtually perfect, but they are toned in gorgeous rich jewel shades of blue, rose and russet spanning the entire surface in organized and elegant rings. Reflectivity in the fields and boldly struck throughout, with enough luster to please the eye, and no signs of die clashing. NGC Census: 4; none finer in any designation. This is one of two "*" designations at this level.