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NGC 1493

NGC 1493, Dunlop 438, ESO 249-33, LEDA 14163, AM 0355-462, SGC 035554-4621.2, h 2600, GC 795

RA: 03h 57m 27.7s
Dec: −46° 12′ 38″

Con: Horologium
Ch: MSA:441, U2:391, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, SBcd

Mag: B=11.82, V=?

Size: 3.63′ x 3.388′
PA: 93°

Historical observations

Dunlop, James (1828)

Dunlop, J. (1828) A Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars in the Southern Hemisphere, Observed at Paramatta in New South Wales. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., 118, 113-151. [1828RSPT..118..113D]

James Dunlop observed from Paramatta, New South Wales, using a 9-inch f/12 telescope. His No. 438 is described as "a very faint nebula, about 1' diameter, round figure."

John Herschel

This galaxy has been cross-referenced with Dunlop 438, and was observed by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "F, vL, R, vglbM, 3'; sky dull, a haze forming." On a second occassion he wrote: "faint; large; round; very gradually a little brighter in the middle; 2.5' across. With 9 inches aperture, and a mirror newly polished yesterday, and in high beauty, it is barely possible to discern with the utmost attention that this nebula exists; but to have discovered it with that aperture and power 180 would have been quite out of the question; possibly, however, 90 might show it better."

Published comments

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) NGC 1433 group

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.

Part of the Dorado cloud complex (NGC 1566, NGC 1433, NGC 1672 groups).

Brightest members: 1433 ( B(0) = 10.9), 1512 ( B(0) = 11.58), 1448 ( B(0) = 11.67), 1493 ( B(0) = 12.10), 1411 ( B(0) = 12.16).

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).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Rev.Shapley-Ames Cat.of Bright Gal. (Sandage,Tammann 1981) p107, Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p1.19.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy.

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 five brightest members of the NGC 1433 Group, a part of the Dorado Cloud complex, are NGC 1433, NGC 1512, NGC 1448, NGC 1493 & NGC 1411.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - fairly br modlosfcbr patch @ 80x. 140x: circ, 2'.5 diam w/wk broad

concen except for m14.5 *ar nuc. a few other *ings over sfc. BS,

14Nov1993, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Richard Ford

2013 February 10th, Sunday

Location:Blesfontein Guest Farm,Sutherland.


Sky Conditions:The most crystal clear sky possible.Dark moon and stars magnitude 6 and fainter are visible with the naked eye.Excellent clean sky,limited star flickering and brilliant objects.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy has the shape of an out of focus baked bean seen at 75x.This galaxy is somewhat oval and well defined.There is a slightly distinct brightness in the nucleus of this galaxy which is strongly condensed and is seen as a pale glow of soft light.This galaxy measures 4.3'x 3.5'.Chart No.152,NSOG Vol.3.

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