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RA: 12h 52m 52.57s
Dec: −15° 24′ 49.2″
Ch: MSA:844, U2:284, SA:14
Type: galaxy (in cluster), E/dG
Mag: B=13, V=?
Size: 1.949′ x 1.258′
Synonyms: H III-281
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, pS, resolvable."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM,SLDIF.
Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 45 and brighter in the middle at 220X. There is a very faint companion to the southwest."
POSS: gx in pa50. stars: 43" in pa60; 2'.1 in pa42. M-2-33-33 11' WSW; I829 grp (M-2-33-35/38) of four ~8'.5 SW.
15cm - perhaps faintly vis, prob not.
25cm - fairly f, circ, 1' diam. broad concen, no *ar nuc. many f *s in fld. 180x.
30cm - seems elong NE-SW, but a m14 * 2' in pa35 and a m14.5 * 50" NE may be misleading. 2'x1'.5 w/mod concenm; circ inner parts and f nuc. 5Jun1983, USNO.
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