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NGC 5026

NGC 5026, AM 1311-424, ESO 269-73, LEDA 46023, MCG-07-27-048, SGC 131121-4241.8, h 3474, GC 3455

RA: 13h 14m 13.4s
Dec: −42° 57′ 41″

Con: Centaurus
Ch: MSA:933, U2:403, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, SBr...

Mag: B=14.55, V=13.42

Size: 3.467′ x 2.041′
PA: 52°

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 "pB, R, bM, 40 arcseconds." On a second occassion he called it "pB, pL, R, gbM, 50 arcseconds." His third observation was recorded as "pB, pL, R, gbM, 50 arcseconds, has a star 7th mag 3 degrees N.f. distance = 7.5'."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

POSS: * difficult to see ~13" NNW of center.

QBS: (R'?)SB(r)(nr:)0+

SGC: (R')SB(r)0/a

15cm - maybe sl brtr than -11 WSW. vf halo maybe 1'x0'.8, but sl elong N-S

expressed most obviously in core, which is 20"x15" and well defined and

vmuch brtr than halo. occas *ing on NW edge of core. core only broadly

brtr. BS, 3Mar1990, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2004 March 24

From "Observing log, 2004 March 24"

Rifle Range, 6-inch f/8

Further west, sharing a field of view with bright stars, lies NGC 5026, which is quite challenging but distinct, appearing as little more than a soft round glow.

2004 March 25

Stellenbosch (Paradyskloof rifle range)

6-inch f/8 Newtonian

Conditions: NELM 5.8 at the pole. Thin cloud in the distance.

Sharing a field of view with bright stars, lies NGC 5026, which is quite challenging but distinct, appearing as little more than a soft round glow.

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