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NGC 5078

NGC 5078, AM 1317-270, ESO 508-48, LEDA 46490, MCG-04-32-001, SGC 131705-2708.8, II 566, h 3484, GC 3487

RA: 13h 19m 50.17s
Dec: −27° 24′ 34.6″

Con: Hydra
Ch: MSA:890, U2:330, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in cluster), S...

Mag: B=11.51, V=?

Size: 13.8′ x 4.466′
PA: 148°

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Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-566

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F, pS, E."

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Observed by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, S, pmE, psbM; has a star 7-8th mag following."

Steve Coe (1992, The Deep-Sky Observer, Webb Society, Issue 1) observing with a 17.5-inch f/4.5 at 100x notes: "pB, elongated, S, lbM."

Published comments

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p1.13.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,MINC,BDDKLN.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 17.5" f/4.5 at 100X, notes: "Pretty bright, selongated, Small, Little brighter in the middle

Brian Skiff

15cm - mod br lens @ 80x in fld w/N5101 to E. 140x: pa135, 1'.5x0'.7 w/vstrong

even concen to thin core and sub*ar nuc. halo seems less extensive on

SW-facing side as though a dk lane there. BS, 28Feb1990, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2009 January 29

Sutherland (Huis Lana)

"Bertha" 12-inch f/4.8 Dobsonian (EP: 32mm, 25mm, 10mm, 6.3mm Plossls, 2x Barlow, 32mm Erfle)

Conditions: Clear, dark.

Four and a bit degrees south of 3rd-mag gamma Hydrae. 120x: Small, pretty faint glow, growing slightly brighter to the middle, in a moderately busy star field. Elongated NW-SE (1:2). Bright orange star 9-arcmin east (HD 115890, V=7.8, B-V=+1.50). (D: 20090129/30. Own star charts)

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