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NGC 1387

NGC 1387, ESO 358-36, LEDA 13344, MCG-06-09-007, SGC 033502-3540.2, Bennett 18, h 2564, GC 744

RA: 03h 36m 57s
Dec: −35° 30′ 28.6″

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


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), SB0

Mag: B=11.76, V=?

Size: 3.235′ x 3.019′
PA: 108°

Historical observations

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "globular cluster, vB, R, gmbM, 90 arcseconds, A globular cluster in all probability identical with this, was also seen in Sweep 636, while searching beyond the meridian for Dunlop 562." On a second occassion he called it "vB: the 1st of three, seen but no place or further description."

It lies in the same field as NGC 1379 and NGC 1381.

Published comments

Hinks, A.R. (1911)

Hinks, A. R. (1911) On the galactic distribution of gaseous nebulae and of star clusters. MNRAS, 71(8), 693-701.

List 6: "NGC numbers of clusters classed as globular, not in Bailey's catalogue"

Bailey, S.I. A catalogue of bright clusters and nebulae. Ann.Harv.Coll.Obs., 60(8), 199.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

vB, S, R, vmbM, not resolved visually.

Knox Shaw, H. (1915)

Knox Shaw, H. (1915) Note on the nebulae and star clusters shown on the Franklin-Adams plates. M.N.R.A.S., 76(2), 105-107.

Comments on papers by Harding (MNRAS, 74(8)), and Melotte (MemRAS 60(5)) describing objects foundon the Franklin-Adams plates; compares with plates taken with the Reynolds reflector (Helwan Obs Bull. 9-15):

Amongst the objects classed as globular clusters in the NGC, and not identified by Mr Melotte, 1379 and 1387 are simialr to 1380 and 1399, and probably nebulae.

Charlier, C.V.L. (1931)

Charlier, C V L (1931) "Stellar clusters and related celestial phaenomena", Lund Annals 2, 14, No. 19. Charlier examined prints from the Franklink-Adams atlas; "Table 6 gives a list of those objects in Bailey's catalogue for which the globular character is uncertain or not probable..."

NGC 1387 Remarks: "hazy *, pF, R, bM, r."

Green, M.R. & Dixon, K.L. (1978)

Green, M. R. & Dixon, K. L. (1978) "Photoelectric photometry of bright southern galaxies", Vol 98, August, p 167-169. They find the V magnitude through a 28'' aperture = 11.79, and through a 80'' aperture = 11.24.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (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).

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, round, much brighter in the middle at 150X."

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

Hartung notes that "this interesting field sprinkled with stars contains three nebulae... NGC 1387 is round with a small bright centre and about 1.5' across. In a 15.5-inch telescope at 220x this galaxy is seen as part of a triangle of galaxies. It is small, has a bright nucleus, and appears like a star seen through clouds. The galaxy measures 3' across and shines at magnitude 12.1.

AJ Crayon

AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: "is a spiral galaxy. It is round 11m has a large, suddenly much brighter middle with an apparent star involved to the west, at 60x."

Steve Gottlieb

03 37.0 -35 30

13: moderately bright, small, round, possible faint stellar nucleus.

Member of Fornax cluster. N1381 lies 14' NNW and N1379 11.5' WNW.

8: faint, small, round, broad concentration.

Brian Skiff

15cm- mod br gx @ 80x. 140x: 1'.5 diam in vf halo, strong sharp concen to vbr

sub*ar nuc. interior seems elong ~E-W. BS, 17Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - 0'.8x0'.6 in pa110-120. broadly brtr to center, no core, but *ar nuc is

vis which seems elong, 6"x2". pretty blank fld @ hix. BS, 25Jan1982,

Anderson Mesa.

30cm - fairly br core. vsim to -89, a little fntr, 0'.75 diam.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

(no date)

12-inch f/10 SCT (EP: 2-inch 32mm SW 95x 42' fov; 2-inch 14mm UW 218x 23' fov; 2-inch 8.8mm UW 346x 15' fov)

Rather small, faint and round ball of light, brightening to a star like nucleus (218x and 346x). Situated between NGC 1379, 1389 and NGC 1387 it displays a soft envelope and is the brighter one in this fine field of galaxies.

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 1379 and NGC 1387 are very similar in appearance: pretty bright, round, and are brighter towards their centres. NGC 1379 is the slightly larger but a little fainter than NGC 1387. (D: 20090127/28. U355)

Tom Bryant

2008-01-03 20:00:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[3h 37m 0s, -35 31' 0"] A faint, low contrast brightening of the sky.

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 fairly small oval oblong shape which looks like a miniature baked bean seen at 75x.The nucleus of this galaxy is fairly tight and concentrated as a faint oval glow of light.The central nucleus of this galaxy is slightly brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.Around the outskirts of this galaxy there are some areas of uneven brightness seen on the extensions of this galaxy.This galaxy measures 2.4'x 0.8'with P.A:ESE/WSW.Chart No.200, NSOG Vol.1.

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