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NGC 5054 (11,254 of 18,816)


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NGC 5054

NGC 5054, LEDA 46247, MCG-03-34-039, UGCA 344, II 513, h 1568, GC 3473

RA: 13h 16m 58.3s
Dec: −16° 38′ 5″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:843, U2:285, SA:14


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Type: galaxy (in group), Sb

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 4.786′ x 2.951′
PA: 155°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-513

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, pL, iF, mbM."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,DIF,BM,STELNUC B ARMS,COM 1'N.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.9M; 4' x 2.3' extent; fairly large, faint, centerless ellipse; 25' to NW is faint EL GAL N5044 (12.5M; 1' diameter); 15' SW of N5044 is very faint SP GAL N5037 (13M; 1' x 0.5' extent) just 5' SE of a 9M star; 15' WSW of N5037 (1 degree W of N5054) is extremely faint EL GAL N5017 (13.5M; <1' diameter); all four are just SE of 5M 53 VIR."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty large, brighter middle, elongated 1.8 X 1 in PA 45 at 100X."

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that this galaxy is about 4' by 2' in extent. It is roughly 11th mag and slightly fainter than its nearby companion NGC 5044.

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