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Type: galaxy, SB0
Mag: B=12.6, V=?
Size: 3.162′ x 2.818′
Synonyms: H II-069
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB pL R mbM r."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SB,DIFHALOFORMING RG MB TO SHARP BAR&NUC.
Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.7M; 3' x 2.5' extent; oblong with 14M stellar core; 10' WSW of 5M Rho VIR; TOUGH with Rho VIR in field; SP GAL N4596 (12M; 3.9' x 2.8' extent) is about 5' due W, just NW of little Aries-like trio of 12M stars."
Observing site: Pinnacles overlook
[12h 41m 12s, 10° 9m 0s] A spiral between NGC 4596 and Rho Vir. Burnham lists it as an A0/Sba. It's nucleus is fainter than NGC 4596's.
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 a tiny pebble and that this galaxy is circular in appearance which is well defined.This galaxy has a soft pale of grey light although its minute circular shape is noticeable at 75x.The galactic nucleus of this galaxy is fairly condensed and that the central core of this galaxy looks like a vague smudge of light.The central core of this galaxy grows slightly brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.This galaxy measures 3.5'x 2.9'.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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