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RA: 12h 53m 26.8s
Dec: −48° 44′ 59″
Ch: MSA:954, U2:402, SA:21
Type: galaxy (Seyfert 2), Sa
Mag: B=13.21, V=13.2
Size: 2.041′ x 0.954′
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "vF, S, R, glbM."
The NGC records it as "pretty faint, small, round, gradually a little brighter in the middle."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads 24-R,IRRDIFHALO,BAR).
In a 15.5-inch telescope this spiral galaxy appears as an oval smudge of light. It is surrounded by a ring of about 11th magnitude stars, and there are two very faint stars preceding it, one of which might be involved with the galaxy. At times the galaxy appears irregular in shape, although this elongated impression could be caused by the proximity of the small star. At a higher magnification (260x) the two preceding stars are clearly separated from the galaxy. The galaxy has a very bright core, almost as if there is a bright star near the centre of this otherwise faint oval smudge.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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