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NGC 5234 (11,664 of 18,816)


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NGC 5234

NGC 5234, ESO 220-24, LEDA 48129, SGC 133424-4935.0, h 3522, GC 3604

RA: 13h 37m 29.8s
Dec: −49° 50′ 15″

Con: Centaurus
Ch: MSA:952, U2:403, SA:21


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Type: galaxy, S0:r

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 1.412′ x 0.954′
PA: 48°

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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 "eeF, lE, 30 arcseconds, Requires a newly polished mirror, and a night such as this to be seen."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads 24-IRRR,DIF,LBM.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

2008 April 10

Date: 2008 April 10, Thursday night

Location: Sutherland (town, Jurg's guest house)

Sky conditions: Dark, clear

Telescope: 12-inch f/4.9 Dobsonian

Eyepieces: 25mm Sirius Plossl, 60x, 46' fov & 10mm Sirius Plossl, 150x, 14/17' fov

Working on MSA chart 953, star hopping from Omega Centauri.

This galaxy lies about 3 degrees southeast of Omega Centauri.

At 60x it appears as a faint, small, approximately round glow, 0.9 arcminutes across. Very close south-east is a very faint star, with another further north-east, as the rough field-sketch shows.

This latter star appears double on the DSS image.

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