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Type: galaxy (AGN LINER-type), SB:0
Mag: B=11.1, V=?
Size: 7.585′ x 1.819′
Synonyms: H II-075
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Two, nearly parallel ... the following [NGC 4762] pretty bright, very much elongated. 8 or 10' distance." The other object is NGC 4754.
This galaxy appears on page 8 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).
Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p8, Sky&Tel. 8/86 p113.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EON,BM,HISB, DIF FANS EACH END.
Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.8M; 6' x 1' extent; bright slash oriented NE-SW; good supernova prospect; see photo at HAG-8; SP GAL N4754 (12M; 2' x 1' extent) 8' to WNW with 12M stellar nucleus."
Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Bright, large, much elongated 4 X 1 in PA 30, bright middle, hint of a dark lane at 165X."
1998-05-25/26, 6-inch f/8.6 Newtonian, Jonkershoek (exurban). Lim mag 6.2 naked eye; seeing good; dew! ; moderate light pollution.
An obviously elongated streak, close to bright stars; two 10th mag stars flank it, one east, the other west (6.5' apart). The galaxy, 80'' x 20'', is elongated 1:4 in PA 45° and it becames pretty suddenly brighter to the middle to a broad, elongated non-stellar nuclear region. An easy starhop from Epsilon Vir.
Observing site: Pinnacles overlook
[12h 52m 54s, 11° 14m 0s] A bright, edge on spiral, brighter than NGC 4754, with its outer envelope somewhat irregular.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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