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Type: galaxy, SB0
Mag: B=12.4, V=?
Size: 4.073′ x 3.548′
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."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SB,WKARMS INDIFDSK SMBM.
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."
Observing site: Pinnacles overlook
[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.
Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.
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'.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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