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NGC 4394

NGC 4394, LEDA 40614, MCG+03-32-035, UGC 7523, II 55, h 1251, GC 2957

RA: 12h 25m 55.74s
Dec: +18° 12′ 49.7″

Con: Coma Berenices
Ch: MSA:701, U2:148, SA:13


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (AGN LINER-type), SBb

Mag: B=11.9, V=?

Size: 3.467′ x 3.311′
PA: ?

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

NGC 4394. See NGC 4397.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-055

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "The following of two. Resolvable. See Note." The Note reads: "The preceding is the 85 of the Connoissance des Temps."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SB,R,SMBM-BAR&NUC FDIF SSTR,RING.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 47 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p47.

Modern observations

Hartung, E.J. (1968)

Hartung notes this object as lying 7' following M85. He notes that it is fainter, elliptical and somewhat smaller than M85 and can be seen in 10.5cm while 7.5cm does not show it.

Brian Skiff

Lick: 7'.8 E of -82.

Jones: pa140.

33cm plate: m12.5 * 2'.9 due S.

T&B: * S V=13.4.

7cm - f comp to M85. sm, fairly f. m13 * on S. BS, 15Apr1993, Anderson Mesa.

13cm - buddy to M85. much fntr but has sharp *ar concen. halo is a lens clearly elong ESE-WNW. m12.5 * 2' SE. BS, 8Feb1984, USNO.

15cm - equal to M85 in diam. irreg nuc.

25cm - 1'.5 diam, featureless.

30cm - fairly br, nice comp to -82. elong in pa135, 1'.5x0'.6. mod broad concen, sub*ar nuc. does not bear magnification well. bar appears multiply condensed. only core of gx is vis.

- 2'x0'.8 in pa110. core is core sm spot w/f *ar nuc. BS, 8Feb1984, USNO.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2009-04-17 22:30:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-11

[12h 25m 54s, 18 13m 0s] A faint spiral just East of M 85.

Richard Ford

2012 March 23rd, Fri



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 looks like an oval soft smudge of very faint which has an equally diffuse nucleus which gives light to this galaxy.Some of the areas of this galaxy have uneven brightness.This galaxy measures 2.8'* 0.9'.The nucleus of this galaxy grows slightly brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.

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