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NGC 4596

NGC 4596, LEDA 42401, MCG+02-32-170, UGC 7828, I 24, h 1378, GC 3134

RA: 12h 39m 56.16s
Dec: +10° 10′ 32.4″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:725, U2:194, SA:14

Ref: SIMBAD

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Type: galaxy, SB0

Mag: B=12.4, V=?

Size: 4.073′ x 3.548′
PA: 135°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-024

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB pL r near two bright stars."

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,WKARMS INDIFDSK SMBM.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter middle, little elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 110 at 100X."

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2008-05-04 22:30:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[12h 39m 54s, 10 11m 0s] A spiral with a bright middle, half a degree west of 5th magnitude Rho Vir. Burnham lists it as an S0/SBa. NGC 4608 is between Rho and NGC 4596.

Richard Ford

2013 April, 14th Sunday

Location:Perdeberg.

Time:2:10am.

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 has the shape of an out of focus fried egg which is slightly oval and well defined.The galactic nucleus of this galaxy is moderately condensed as a faint halo of pale white light.This galaxy measures 4.7'x 3.6'.

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