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Type: galaxy (emission-line), SBbc
Mag: B=11.58, V=?
Size: 5.128′ x 3.981′
This 11.6 mag galaxy was discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "very bright; large; pretty much elongated; oval; 90 arcsec across; has a star 11th mag preceding." On one occasion he called it "suddenly brighter in the middle" and on another only "gradually a little brighter toward the middle."
pF, 2'x1.5', EN, open spir.
F, 1'x1.5', open spiral, with a pF spindle like N, vlE 95deg, and 2 fairly distinct and extended whirls showng some condensations and absorptions. See HOB15.
Knox Shaw, H. (1915) Note on the nebulae and star clusters shown on the Franklin-Adams plates. M.N.R.A.S., 76(2), 105-107.
Comments on papers by Harding (MNRAS, 74(8)), and Melotte (MemRAS 60(5)) describing objects foundon the Franklin-Adams plates; compares with plates taken with the Reynolds reflector (Helwan Obs Bull. 9-15):
NGC 289 is an open spiral. [previously included in Class II-Spindle-shaped Nebulae]
The ESO/Uppsala Survey of the ESO(B) Atlas remarks: "Faint outer arms involved. Small and faint companion 3.4' N.p." The magnitude is listed as 11.58.
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.
This group is close to the south galactic pole and in the vacant centre of the much nearer Sculptor group.
Brightest members: 134 ( B(0) = 11.22), 289 ( B(0) = 11.92), 150 ( B(0) = 12.34), 148 ( B(0) = 12.95), 254 ( B(0) = 12.97).
Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p1.3.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,HISB,BM,TIW BARMS DKLNS VIS.
G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the five brightest members of the NGC 134 Group are NGC 134, NGC 289, NGC 150, NGC 148 & NGC 254.
Steve Coe, observing with a 17.5" f/4.5 at 100X, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 165 and gradually brighter in the middle at 135X. There is an 11th mag star on the northern edge. This galaxy grows with averted vision.
15cm - fairly br oval gx w/m13 * on N side @ 80x. 140x: 2'x1'.2 elong SSE-NNW,
m13 * close to border. mod even concen to more nrly circ 30" core, but
no br nuc. BS, 15Nov1993, LCO.
16-inch f/10 SCT (127x, 290x, 463x)
Very much oval shape with a nucleus which is very prominent and small somewhat star like (16" – 127x). The nucleus slightly elongated in a E-W direction. The surface slightly mottled. The southern part is very hazy compare to the N side. Faint star 11Magnitude on the western tip of the galaxy (16" – 290x).
Observing site: Fall Star Party
[0h 52m 42s, -31° 12' 0"] A fairly bright, somewhat tilted Sb (?) spiral. A bit of mottling was glimpsed. B: Sb/Sc.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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