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NGC 5266

NGC 5266, AM 1339-475, ESO 220-33, LEDA 48593, SGC 133956-4755.1, h 3529, GC 3631

RA: 13h 43m 1.7s
Dec: −48° 10′ 11″

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

Ref: SIMBAD

(reference key)

Type: galaxy, S...

Mag: B=12.27, V=11.14

Size: 3.311′ x 2.29′
PA: 19°

Historical observations

John Herschel

Discovered by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "bright, round, very gradually little brighter in the middle; 45 arcseconds; has three 14th mag stars near." On a second occasion he described it as "bright, pretty large, slightly elongated, gradually a little brighter in the middle, resolvable, three very small stars nearby."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

The NGC calls it "bright, pretty large, slightly elongated, very gradually a little brighter towards the centre, three stars nearby."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls this a 12.8 mag spiral galaxy in Centaurus, 1.5' x 1', bright, pretty large, very slightly elongated, very gradually a little brighter in the middle.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 5/81 p385, Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p14.3.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

QBS: SA0- pec; polar dk lane. farther * due S 57"; others < 1' radius.

SGC: S0o pec.

15cm - mod br @ 80x. 140x: 1'.2 diam w/three m12.5-13.5 *s sup: two S, one SE.

mod sharp concen to *ar nuc in br core. * farther S pretty well at edge

of halo---maybe it extends a little further. BS, 3Mar1990, LCO.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1982

It can be found easily, since it forms the tip of an isosceles triangle with two stars shown on the U2000 chart. As seen with the 15.5" telescope, it is a moderately faint object, lying amongst a halo of bright stars. The galaxy shows as a bright core surrounded by nebulosity. To the south lies two faint stars on a northwest- southeast diagonal, and to the immediate southeast lies a third, fainter star.

Richard Ford

2013 March 10th, Sunday

Location:Perdeberg.

Time:12:33am.

Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy has a slightly oval shape which looks like an out focus peanut and that this galaxy is well defined as a very faint smudge of light being seen at 75x.The central nucleus of this galaxy is relatively compact.This galaxy measures 3.1'x 2.5'with P.A:ESE/WNW.

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