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NGC 3955

NGC 3955, AM 1151-225, ESO 504-26, LEDA 37320, MCG-04-28-005, SGC 115125-2253.2, II 623, GC 2609

RA: 11h 53m 57.8s
Dec: −23° 09′ 53″

Con: Crater
Ch: MSA:871, U2:327, SA:20


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sab

Mag: B=12.55, V=11.9

Size: 3.311′ x 1.047′
PA: 167°

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 3955. See IC 2970.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-623

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F, S, E in the meridian or few degrees np-sf. a little brighter suddenly in the middle."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,HISB,INTDKPCHS.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty small, much elongated (2.5 X 1) in PA 165 with a bright middle at 165X."

Brian Skiff

POSS: SB:bc: I: [BS] in pa166. pec bar laterally across NW side. 4'.6 SW

of SAO180282 (mv8.9, F8). m14-14.5 * 1'.0 NNW off NNW tip.

13cm - 60x: just vis 5' SW of m9 * on AE. elong N-S. 5Jun1983, USNO.

30cm - 125x: sm, thin, 1'.5x0'.5 in pa150. sl broad concen. threshold * lies

1' NNW, W of gx. 250x shows f non*ar nuc. 5Jun1983, USNO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

(no date)

16-inch f/10 SCT (290x)

Elongated in a north south shape, faint but with a slightly darker southern side. The brightest star 9 magnitude is on the eatern side, with a very faint star north west on the outer tip of the galaxy. Elongated soft haze NNW-SSE slowly brighten to the core.

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