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NGC 2613

NGC 2613, AM 0831-224, ESO 495-18, LEDA 23997, MCG-04-21-003, SGC 083111-2248.1, UGCA 141, II 266, h 3129, GC 1674

RA: 08h 33m 22.6s
Dec: −22° 58′ 19″

Con: Pyxis
Ch: MSA:881, U2:321, SA:20


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sb

Mag: B=11.35, V=10.42

Size: 7.079′ x 1.698′
PA: 113°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-266

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F, E, bM, r, 1.5' diameter."

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, mE, gpmbM, 80 arcseconds long, 20 arcseconds broad." On a second occassion he called it "B, L, vmE in position 110.3 degrees, pslbM, 3' long, 20 arcseconds broad." His third observation was recorded as "pF, mE, pmbM, 40 arcseconds long, 15 arcseconds broad."

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

pF, 5'x1', vmE 110deg, probably spiral.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 21 (1920)

Confirms HOB 15. There are indications of absorption in the s. half of the spiral.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Galaxies (Ferris,1982) p97.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,EL,MINC,BM,TIW RI*FLD,COM3'NP,MW OBSC CLOUDS F.

Modern observations

Ancient City Astron.Club (1980)

Listed by the Herschel Club, described as "seend edge-on, difficult to see. Use averted to see the elusive object, noted elongation of the object though. 8-inch, 48x."


Ostuno calls it a "bright, elongated spiral .. by far the brightest galaxy in its constellation. A rich starfield nicely compliments the sight of this glowing sliver of nebulosity, which is elonated in p.a. 110 degrees."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "10.9M; 6.4' x 1.5' extent; edge-on spiral with brighter center surrounded by four 12M stars; axis oriented NW-SE soft and friendly!."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter in the middle, very much elongated 5 X 1 in PA 110. This nice edge-on galaxy is in a rich star field."

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

25 November 2009


RA: 08h33m22s - DEC: -22o58'24" - Magnitude: 11.2 - Size: 7.1'x1.6'

Tel: 16" S/C 184x 290x - Date: 25 November 2009 Seeing 5.

The galaxy is quite easy to see and situated barely 1 degrees east of the Puppis border. NGC 2613 is a barred spiral and slightly elongated in a east-south-east to west-north-west direction. The edge seems very hazy with a slightly brighter and longer south-eastern side. The relatively small bright nucleus show signs to be lopsided to the south. A string of very faint stars swings around the galaxy from west to south. Intense deep pictures reveal multiple spiral arms.

Richard Ford

2012 March 25th, Sun



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

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy's bright spiral arms are seen at both 57*and 75*.Around some of the areas of this galaxy uneven areas of brightness is observed while the nucleus is equally bright and almost condensed.This galaxy's shape is also elongated and well defined.This galaxy measures 3.3'*0.8'with PA West/East.The nucleus of this galaxy grows brighter compared to the spiral arms of this galaxy.

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