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Type: galaxy (in group), E/S0
Mag: B=12.29, V=11.11
Size: 2.344′ x 2.041′
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 recorded it as "B, R, psmbM, 30 arcseconds."
B, S, R, vmbM.
pB, 1' diam; R, B alm.stell.N.; a smaller edition of NGC 1407; see HOB 15.
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))]
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.
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."
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.
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,
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
Observing site: Fall Star Party
[3h 39m 30s, -18° 41' 0"] A bright E0? B: E1/S0.
Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.
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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