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NGC 4744

NGC 4744, ESO 323-22, LEDA 43661, MCG-07-27-006, SGC 124933-4047.3, h 3433, GC 3264

RA: 12h 52m 19.54s
Dec: −41° 03′ 40.8″

Con: Centaurus
Ch: MSA:934, U2:402, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, S...

Mag: B=14.14, V=?

Size: 2.344′ x 1.023′
PA: 122°

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 4744. See NGC 4729.

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "F, L, E, gbM; has two more nebulae preceding, a little to south." These two objects are NGC 4729 & NGC 4730.

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads SLEL,DIF,BM.

Sandage (1975)

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.

Shobbrook (1966)

Shobbrook (1966, Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., Vol 131, p351-363) notes that this member of the Centaurus Cluster has V = 13.06 and B-V = 1.07. It measures 0.95 by 0.35.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

pB centre with extended atm. Edge of plate.

Modern observations

Bahr-Vollrath, Gerd (1992)

Gerd Bahr-Vollrath (Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia) observing with an 8-inch f/12 SCT, writes in The Webb Society Nebulae and Clusters Section Report No. 10, July 1992: "One of the many faint and challending galaxy clusters in Centaurus. All of these galaxies were at the threshold of visibility, and some may even have been a product of my imagination. The galaxies appeared as very indistinct diffuse glows, barely brighter than the background sky. Definitely a challenge for 20-cm telescopes."

Brian Skiff

ESO-LV: 13.47.

15cm - rel f spot 20" diam w.mod even concen. in grp w/-29 & -30. BS, 27Feb1990,


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