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oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 4546

NGC 4546, LEDA 41939, MCG-01-32-027, UGCA 288, I 160, h 1339, GC 3092

RA: 12h 35m 29.45s
Dec: −03° 47′ 35.6″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:797, U2:239, SA:14


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Type: galaxy, SB0

Mag: B=11, V=?

Size: 3.235′ x 1.698′
PA: 80°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-160

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB, cL, E sp-nf, vgBN, faint branch."

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

vBN, like a globular nebula, in a pB structureless atm. 1.5' long, mE 75deg' which falls off in intensity from the centre; no sign of structure. The object should be bright enough for a determination of its radial velocity to be made.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,EL,BM.

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the five brightest members of the Virgo V group, a part of the Virgo II cloud complex, are NGC 4546, NGC 4691, NGC 4487, NGC 4593 & NGC 4504.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.4M; 1.6' x 0.7' extent; bright oblong with 13M stellar core; good supernova prospect; two 8M stars nearby to 15' N and 20' to WNW."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much elogated 2.5 X 1 in PA 90, much brighter middle, with a 10th mag star to the SE at 135X."

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2011 6 3 23:50:55

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[12h 35m 30s, -3 48' 0"] A bright, tiny galaxy. Seyfert? B: E6/S0. A peculiar galaxy with counter rotating regions!

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