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RA: 12h 46m 39.86s
Dec: +54° 32′ 0.9″
Con: Ursa Major
Ch: MSA:573, U2:48, SA:2
Type: galaxy, Sa
Mag: B=13.7, V=?
Size: 2.041′ x 0.575′
NGC 4686 is in the field of IC 3791 = NGC 4695. See the story under the IC number for more.
Synonyms: H II-795
Discovered in 1789 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, cS, lE, bright resolvable nucleus."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,DIFHALO.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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