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Type: galaxy, Sc
Mag: B=12.8, V=?
Size: 4.265′ x 3.162′
Synonyms: H II-252
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F, pL, oval, lbM, preceding a pretty bright star."
Observations with the 72-inch f/8.8 speculum telescope at Birr Castle noted "Nov 30, 1850. vF and preceding a quadruple star. Oct 23, 1851. 3 stars following nebula; light unequal. Sept. 16, 1852. 2' diameter, several stars in it; probably a faint cluster."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,R,BM,SEV VDIF ARMS COMPLEX STR IN CT.
Steve Coe, using a 13.1" f/5.6, notes: ""NGC 514 Pretty faint, large, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 90, very gradually somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X. There is a 12th mag double star near the eastern side of the galaxy, near a 9th mag star."
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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