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Mag: B=13, V=?
Size: 1.584′ x 1.148′
One of the few galaxies visible in Orion to amateur telescopes, this small galaxy is located just 2 degrees west of M42, the Great Orion Nebula. Several 8th and 9th magnitude stars help point the way to this 12th magnitude target.
Synonyms: H III-447
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, cL, iR, near a hook of vS stars."
Detection of new nebulae by photography. Annals Harv Coll Obs., 18, 113. Bibcode: [1890AnHar..18..113P]
Photographs taken with the Bache telescope, a photographic 8-inch f/5.5 doublet, covering 10 degrees square, were examined by Mrs M Fleming with a magnifying glass.
"Not seen on any of the plates. Plate 2423 does not contain this region."
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,KNY,BM,DKLNS.
05 28.0 -05 19
17.5: moderately bright, moderately large, slightly elongated. Located
6.7' SE of mag 8.5 SAO 1321324 and 9' NW of mag 8 SAO 132149. M42 lies
just two degrees W!
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