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RA: 09h 42m 32.9s
Dec: −03° 41′ 58″
Ch: MSA:805, U2:233, SA:13
Ref: SIMBAD, NGC/IC
Type: galaxy (Seyfert 2), E...
Mag: B=12.3, V=?
Size: 3.388′ x 2.089′
Synonyms: H I-061
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB S iF 1' nf a considerably bright star."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,SLEL,BM,*CONT SPR.
Houston writes: "At 11th mag, its 3' oval disk shows well in the 4-inch refractor, and I've seen it easily with my 5-inch apogee scope, which has a fixed 17x."
Listed by the Herschel Club, described as "low surface brightness, inconspicuous. Elongation noted and fuzzy in appearance, not very impressive. 8-inch, 48x."
Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12M; 1' x 0.6' extent; small, bright oblong with 10M star at SW tip."
AJ Crayon, using an 8" f/6 Newtonian, notes: "is another spiral galaxy. At 100X it is 2'x1' 10m in position angle northeast, has an 8m star attached to the southwest tip and there are 4 stars of 7m and 8m to south. The sizes and magnitudes are visual estimates."
Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 90, somewhat brighter in the middle, a 10th mag star is in contact with the west side at 165X."
Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park
[9h 42m 36s, -3° 42' 0"] A faint, round patch, near an 11 mv star. E0? Burnham: E4/SO.
12-inch f/10 SCT (218x 346x)
Again the stars in the field play an important role to compliment this object. The galaxy is relatively bright although it appears as an out of focus star with no real bright nucleus. A string of bright stars situated to the south-east with a few faint scattered stars around the galaxy.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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