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NGC 1381

NGC 1381, ESO 358-29, LEDA 13321, MCG-06-09-003, SGC 033436-3527.5, GC 5318

RA: 03h 36m 31.75s
Dec: −35° 17′ 48.1″

Con: Fornax
Ch: MSA:401, U2:355, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), S0

Mag: B=12.34, V=?

Size: 2.63′ x 0.912′
PA: 139°

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

This spiral galaxy was observed by J. Schmidt, who described it only as "faint". It lies in a triangle of galaxies with NGC 1379 and NGC 1387.

Published comments

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SPN,UHISB.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

pF, pL, vmE 135deg, BN, spindle.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Faint, pretty small, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 165, brighter in the middle at 135X."

AJ Crayon

AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: "is a spiral galaxy. It has a much brighter elongated middle in a southeasterly position angle, at 60x."

Steve Gottlieb

03 36.5 -35 18

13: fairly bright, edge-on 3:1 NW-SE, bright core, faint elongated halo. A

mag 14 star is 1.8' SE of center. Member of the Fornax cluster with N1379

10' SW and N1387 14' SSE.

8: faint, small, elongated.

Hartung, E.J. (1968) Astron.Obj.South.Tel

Hartung calls it a "narrow spindle, at least 2' x 0.4' in PA 135 , with a small concentrated centre". In a 15.5-inch telescope at 220x, the galaxies core is bright and seems elongated, but appears smaller compared to the body of the galaxy.

Brian Skiff

ESO: pa139.

33cm plate: pa141. * 1'.8 ESE.

15cm - mod f spindle in pa135 @ 140x. 1'.5x0'.5, width in ~circ bulge, tips

vthin. core 20" diam w/*ar nuc. mod sharp concen overall. BS, 17Nov1993,


25cm - 125x/190x: sm, difficult. 0'.6x0'.3 in pa120. *ar nuc and thin core with

*ry texture. narrow rind for halo. BS, 25Jan1982, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - 1'.5x0'.5 in pa135. ESE 1'.5 is m14 *. sub*ar nuc, fairly well concen.

15' WNW is -74.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2009 January 27

Sutherland (Huis Lana)

"Bertha" 12-inch f/4.8 Dobsonian (EP: 32mm, 25mm, 10mm, 6.3mm Plossls, 2x Barlow, 32mm Erfle)

Conditions: Clear, dark.

Four galaxies, members of the Fornax cluster, just managing to share the same 21-arcmin (120x) field of view: NGC 1382, NGC 1381, NGC 1379 & NGC 1387. NGC 1381 is lovely it is moderately bright, much elongated (1:4, NW-SE), with a bright nucleus. It appears quite distinct from the others in this field of view. (D: 20090127/28. U355)

Tom Bryant

2008-01-03 20:00:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[3h 36m 36s, -35 18' 0"] Just south of 1380, a bit fainter than 1380.

Richard Ford

2013 January 13 Sun



Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy has a tiny elongated shape with two minute extensions on both sides visible at 75x.This galaxy's very small oblong shape looks like an out of focus baked bean.The nucleus of this galaxy is seen as a faint smudge of light and that the nucleus of this galaxy is condensed.I have also noticed that there are no areas of uneven brightness being seen on the far outskirts of this galaxy.This galaxy measures 3'x 0.8'with P.A:NE/SW.Chart No.200,NSOG Vol.1.

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