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NGC 1400

NGC 1400, ESO 548-62, LEDA 13470, MCG-03-10-022, SGC 033716-1851.0, II 593, h 2567, GC 747

RA: 03h 39m 30.7s
Dec: −18° 41′ 18″

Con: Eridanus
Ch: MSA:332, U2:312, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in group), E/S0

Mag: B=12.29, V=11.11

Size: 2.344′ x 2.041′
PA: 40°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms:H II-593

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, pS, R, resembling I.107, but less."

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "B, R, psmbM, 30 arcseconds."

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

B, S, R, vmbM.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

pB, 1' diam; R, B alm.stell.N.; a smaller edition of NGC 1407; see HOB 15.

Schmidt, K.-H. et al. (1993)

Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A. & Boller T. (1993) Nearby galaxies. Revised machine-readable version of the catalogue. Astron. Nachr., 314, 371. [1993AN....314..371S]

Other names: "E548-62". Inclination: (face-on, in degrees) 28 Total photoelectric blue mag 11.92 Total colour index .96 Logarithm of the angular diameter D25 (arcminutes) 1.36 Blue photographic magnitude 12.09 This galaxy is included in a sample of galaxies with velocity less than 500km/s with respect to the centroid of the Local Group. [Nearby Galaxies. Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A., Boller T. (Astron. Nachr. 314, 371 (1993))]

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, little elonated 1.5 X 1 in PA 30, brighter middle at 150X."

Steve Gottlieb

03 39.5 -18 41

13: moderately bright, small, round, bright core, stellar nucleus, small

faint halo. Forms a wide pair with N1407 11.6' NE.

8: faint, very small, round, N1407 11' NE.

Brian Skiff

POSS: only one * nrby: m13 at 1'.7 in pa237.

15cm - mod f, circ, < 1' diam. much fntr than -07. *ar nuc.

- fairly br gx @ 80x, sl elong ~E-W. 140x: 1'.75 diam, extending halfway

to m14 * SW. mod-strong sharp concen to br *ar nuc. wk Moonlight. BS,

17Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - 0'.75 diam, circ. *ar nuc. pretty consp.

30cm - lower sfcbr than expected. sl concen. 30" core. 3' S of m14 *. 1'.2 diam


Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 11 5 3:15:7

Observing site: Fall Star Party

Telescope: C-11

[3h 39m 30s, -18 41' 0"] A bright E0? B: E1/S0.

Richard Ford

2012 December 16th, 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 small oval shape which looks like a jellybean seen at 75x.The nucleus of this galaxy is slightly fainter than NGC 1407.The nucleus of this galaxy is fairly tight and that the nucleus of this galaxy looks like a faint smudge of soft grey light.This galaxy measures 4.7'x 2.3'.Challenge Rating:Difficult.Chart:No.184,NSOG Vol.1

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