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NGC 1744

NGC 1744, AGC 23923, ESO 486-5, LEDA 16517, MCG-04-12-029, SGC 045756-2606.0, Tirion's Joke for Winter, h 2692, GC 964

RA: 04h 59m 58.2s
Dec: −26° 01′ 36″

Con: Lepus
Ch: MSA:352, U2:314, SA:19


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (low surface brightness), SBd

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 8.511′ x 3.715′
PA: 168°

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Historical observations

John Herschel

John Herschel recorded it as "vF, vL, vmE, vgvlbM, 4' long, 2.5' broad."

Ellery, R.L.J. (1885) Melbourne Observations

Recorded in "Observations of the Southern Nebulae made with the Great Melbourne Telescope".

See the discussion of Lithograph M.3.23 for the details.

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

vF, vmE ns (exp. only 40m)

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 30 (1924)

F, 3'x1.5', E 175deg, curious, probably spiral, vF extensions suspected.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SB,DIF,BM,KNY, NDIF BAR,SEV*SUP.

Ryder & Dopita (1993)

Included in the CCD-atlas of Ryder S.D. & Dopita M.A. (1993) "An H-alpha Atlas of Nearby Southern Spiral Galaxies" Astrophys.J.Suppl. 88, 415. They note: "At this late type [SB(s)d] and high inclination, the spiral arms are becoming difficult to trace. H II regions can be seen right across the bar, and fout into the northern and western arms, but the short southeastern arm contains only a single giant H II region. Even the wispy arm running south from the north end of the bar is found to harbor at least three active star-forming regions."

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Very faint, pretty large, elongated, very slightly brighter in the middle at 100X. I went over the field twice before I realized "that's it". This is Tirion's Joke for Winter, in the Summer his Joke is NGC 6380 in Scorpius. Either object is tough, even on a great night from a dark site."

Steve Gottlieb

05 00.0 -26 02

13: fairly faint, fairly large, very diffuse, elongated 5:2 ~N-S, 5'x2', fairly even surface brightness. Two mag 14 stars are at the N edge 2.5' from the center with a total of three or four faint stars superimposed.

Brian Skiff

POSS: nice, bar in pa177. * 18" SW of center; * N 1'.3.

15cm - mod f due to losfcbr; lg spindle @ 80x. 140x: 5'x1'.5 in pa15. brtr oval core 1'.5x1' w/*ings sup. halo vf as thin ansae, reaching NNE as far as more distant of two m14 *s in wide pair. another vf * on maj axis SE about 1/2way from center to tip. SSE end much more difficult than NNE end. BS, 15Nov1993, LCO.

25cm - diffuse, fairly f. many *s assoc. no cen condensation and poorly def edges. 4'x1' at best, elong NE-SW.

30cm - f, elong in pa160 @ 140x. irreg br, unconcen. 220x: pa0, up to 5'x2', but only 1'x0'.8 steadily. f * N and another nr center.

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