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RA: 12h 50m 57.36s
Dec: −14° 19′ 56.6″
Ch: MSA:820, U2:284, SA:14
Ref: Corwin (2004), SIMBAD
Type: galaxy, SBbc
Mag: B=13, V=?
Size: 1.698′ x 1.202′
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NGC 4727 = NGC 4740. This is the brightest of a group of galaxies, and the brighter of a close pair (NGC 4724 is the fainter of the pair). It was seen by both Herschels, as well as by Tempel, Swift, Bigourdan, and Howe. Considerable confusion in the NGC and IC numbers has resulted. See NGC 4740 for the story, and also see NGC 4726 for one of Tempel's nebulae that almost got away.
Synonyms: H II-298
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F, pL, lbM, 0.5' preceding is a small suspected stellar."
A supernova erupted in this galaxy in 1965 (16.0p)
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads R,BM,SLDIF,DKPCH S.
Shapley, H. & Paraskevopoulos, J.S. (1940) Southern clusters and galaxies. Harvard Obs. Bull., No.914, 6-8.
Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, round, brighter in the middle at 220X."
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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