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NGC 1407

NGC 1407, ESO 548-67, LEDA 13505, MCG-03-10-030, SGC 033757-1844.5, I 107, h 2570, GC 752

RA: 03h 40m 12.3s
Dec: −18° 34′ 52″

Con: Eridanus
Ch: MSA:331, U2:312, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in group), E...

Mag: B=10.91, V=9.83

Size: 5.128′ x 4.677′
PA: 35°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms:H I-107

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB, R, BNM, 1.5' diameter." In the Philosophical Transactions, 1791, Herschel wrote: "In the year 1785, the 6th of October, I found a very bright, round nebula, of about 1.5 minute in diameter. It has a large, bright nucleus in the middle, which is undoubtedly connected with the luminous parts about it."

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "vB, L, R, first vg then vs, vmbM; 3'."

Webb, T.W. (1893)

In the 5th edition of Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes it is described as "Same character as H. II 593 [NGC 1400], fainter preceding."

Published comments

Doig, P. (1925)

Doig, P. (1925) Notes on the nebulae and clusters in Webb's 'Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes' (Sixth edition, Vol.ii). Part I. M.N.R.A.S., 35(5), 159.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

B, S, R, vmbM.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

pB, R, 1.5'diam, B alm.stell.N.in structureless haze; not a globular nebula.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

Sandage & Tammann (1975)

Sandage, A. & Tammann, G. A. (1975) Steps toward the Hubble constant. V - The Hubble constant from nearby galaxies and the regularity of the local velocity field. ApJ, 196, 313-328. [1975ApJ...196..313S]

Sandage and Tammann includes this galaxy in the Eridanus Group. Members include NGC 1187, NGC 1201, NGC 1232, NGC 1255, NGC 1297, NGC 1300, NGC 1302, NGC 1325, NGC 1325A, NGC 1331, NGC 1332, NGC 1353, NGC 1359, NGC 1371, NGC 1385, NGC 1395, NGC 1398, NGC 1407, NGC 1415, NGC 1426, NGC 1439 & IC 1953.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Eridanus Cloud

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Nearby groups of galaxies. In: Kuiper, G. (ed) Stars and Stellar Systems. Volume 9: Galaxies and the Universe. Chapter 14, p557.

Includes NGC 1209 and NGC 1332 groups.

Brightest members: 1232 ( B(0) = 10.73), 1398 ( B(0) = 10.73), 1187 ( B(0) = 11.21), 1300 ( B(0) = 11.34), 1407 ( B(0) = 11.43).

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the Eridanus Cloud includes the NGC 1209 and NGC 1332 groups. The five brightest members of the Eridanus Group are NGC 1232, NGC 1398, NGC 1187, NGC 1300 & NGC 1407.

Modern observations

Ancient City Astron.Club (1980)

Listed by the Herschel Club, described as "circular, bright nucleus, star-like appearance with slight haze at rims. 6-inch, 48x."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.4M; <1' diameter; soft patch with bright nucleus; EL GAL N1400 (12.4M; 0.8' diameter) tiny, faint glow 11.6' to WSW."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, very little elongated 1.2 X 1 in PA 45, much brighter middle with a stellar nucleus at 150X. NGC 1400 and 1407 are surrounded by 10 fainter galaxies within one degree."

Steve Gottlieb

03 40.2 -18 35

13: bright, fairly small, bright core, stellar nucleus. Forms a wide pair

with N1400 11.6' SW.

8: bright, small, round, small bright core.

Brian Skiff

Lick: no sup *.

15cm - bigger than -00, 1' diam. br *ar nuc.

- pretty br circ gx w/sharp cen @ 80x. 140x: 3'.5 diam, reaches halfway

to m13 * ESE. strong sharp concen to vbr *ar nuc. wk Moonlight. BS,

17Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - 1'.5 diam, poss elong E-W. sm core and *ar nuc. * suspected SW side of

core. comp gx btwn -00 & -07?

30cm - much brtr than -00, easy @ 149x. 238x: well concen. core 0'.6 across,

vsm nuc. halo 1'.0 diam.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 11 5 3:15:26

Observing site: Fall Star Party

Telescope: C-11

[3h 40m 12s, -18° 35' 0"] A bright E0? A pair with 1400. B: E0.

Richard Ford

2012 December 16th, Sun



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

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy has a roundish shape which almost looks like a chicken's egg at both 57x and 75x.The nucleus of this galaxy is strongly concentrated in the centre as a soft grey sworl of light which is well defined.There are some areas of even brightness seen around the far outskirts of this galaxy.No darker areas are noticed around this galaxy.This galaxy measures 4'x 2'.Challenge Rating:Moderately Difficult.Chart:No.184,NSOG Vol.1

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