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RA: 12h 44m 10.2s
Dec: −41° 44′ 58″
Ch: MSA:935, U2:402, SA:21
Type: galaxy (in cluster), E
Mag: B=12.79, V=11.68
Size: 2.187′ x 1.318′
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pretty bright, small, pretty suddenly brighter in the middle, 12 arcseconds."
Burnham calls this a 13.1 mag elliptical galaxy in Centaurus, 1' x 0.6', pretty bright, small, elongated, pretty suddenly brighter in the middle.
De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,SLEL,BM,.
Sandage (1975(Astrophysical Journal, 202, 563-582) notes that this galaxy is a member of the Centaurus Cluster. Members include NGC 4645, NGC 4677, NGC 4683, NGC 4696, NGC 4706, NGC 4709, NGC 4743, NGC 4744 & NGC 4767.
15cm - mod f, vsm, intensely concen to vbr *ar nuc. 40" diam, circ, but seems
elong ~E-W in core. BS, 27Feb1990, LCO.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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