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RA: 12h 59m 33.9s
Dec: +27° 56′ 47.3″
Con: Coma Berenices
Ch: MSA:653, U2:149, SA:7
Type: galaxy (in cluster), SB0
Mag: B=15.3, V=?
Size: 0.467′ x 0.269′
Synonyms: H II-389
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded both NGC 4869 & 4872, simply noting that there were two of them, and providing no further description in the "Catalogue of One Thousand New Nebulae and Clusters of Stars."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 15.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads R,BM,ALMSTEL,COMA.
POSS: 50" in pa200 from -74.
30cm - closest of sm comps to -74, 50" in pa200 from brtr gx. sm *-like spot
w/f halo to no more than 15" diam. CBL, 18Jun1984, USNO.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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