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NGC 1386

NGC 1386, ESO 358-35, LEDA 13333, MCG-06-09-005, SGC 033452-3609.8, GC 5321

RA: 03h 36m 46.41s
Dec: −36° 00′ 2″

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


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (Seyfert 1), Sa

Mag: B=12.17, V=?

Size: 3.388′ x 1.288′
PA: 25°

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

This spiral galaxy was observed by J. Schmidt, who described it only as "faint". It measures 1.4' x 1.1' in PA 25 and glows at magnitude 11.8.

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).

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 9 (1912)

F, pL, mE 25 deg, probably spiral.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,SLDIF.

Modern observations

AJ Crayon

AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: " is a spiral galaxy. It is 3'x5' 12m, in position angle north,"

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty large, much elongated 2.5 X 1 in PA 0, there is a bright middle to this nice edge-on at 150X."

Steve Gottlieb

03 36.8 -36 00

13: moderately bright, elongated 2:1 SW-NE, bright core. N1389 lies 16' NNE and N1392 15' S. Located 5.2' NNW of mag 9.5 SAO 194401. Member of the Fornax cluster.

8: fairly faint, bright core, almost round.

Brian Skiff

Lick: * NW vf.

ESO: pa25.

33cm plate: pa~25.

15cm - mod br oval @ 80x. 140x: 2'x0'.5 in pa25. mod even concen in halo, then suddenly much brtr to consp *ar nuc. BS, 17Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - br, elong in pa30, 2'x0'.6. *ar nuc and poss m14 * on N edge of center. broadly brtr core 0'.3x0'.2, faintly mottled---poss influence from *s in center. 190x. BS, 25Jan1982, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - located @ 149x. 220x shows elong in pa40, 2'x0'.5. losfcbr halo w/brtr core. NW 1'.5 is *.

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.

Three galaxies in the Fornax cluster, strung out north-south along half-a-degree of sky. From north to south these are NGC 1389, NGC 1386 and NGC 1392. At 48x and 120x, NGC 1386 is pretty bright, elongated NE-SW (1:3) and has a bright nucleus. (D: 20090127/28. U355)


In a 15.5-inch telescope at 220x it shows as large and diffuse, but still easy to see. The core seems to be elongated. Located within a triangle of stars.

Tom Bryant

2010 11 5 2:49:40

Observing site: Fall Star Party

Telescope: C-11

[3h 36m 54s, -36 0' 0"] An edge on spiral with a bright nucleus. B: S0.

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