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NGC 5322

NGC 5322, LEDA 49044, MCG+10-20-035, UGC 8745, I 256, h 1684, GC 3671

RA: 13h 49m 15.27s
Dec: +60° 11′ 25.9″

Con: Ursa Major
Ch: MSA:556, U2:49, SA:2


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (Seyfert), E

Mag: B=11.3, V=?

Size: 6.025′ x 4.073′
PA: 95°


This galaxy is one of a group of galaxies near the handle of the Big Dipper. The group consists of NGC 5308, NGC 5322,NGC 5342, NGC 5370, NGC 5372, NGC 5376, NGC 5379, NGC 5389, NGC 5402 and NGC 5430.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-256

Discovered in 1790 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vB, pL, iF, suddenly much brighter in the middle."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,SLEL,BM.

Doig, P. (1925)

Doig, P. (1925) Notes on the nebulae and clusters in Webb's 'Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes' (Sixth edition, Vol.ii). Part V. M.N.R.A.S., 36(3), 89.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.3M; 1.4' x 1' extent; fairly bright and a little oblong; soft edges surround bright center; SP GAL N5389 (13M; 2' x 1' extent) is very faint oval 50' to ESE just W of 9M star; SP GAL N5376 (13M; 1' x 0.5' extent) is very faint oval 25' SSW of N5389; SP GAL N5430 (13M; 1' x 0.5' extent) is very faint oval 45' ESE of N5376; SP GAL N5308 (12M; 2' x 0.5' extent) soft slash 45' NNW of N5322; quite a crowd!."

Morales, Ron J. (1986)

Morales, R.J. (1986) Observer's Page: The NGC 5322 galaxy group. Sky&Telescope, May, 526.

Using a 13-inch reflector, Morales notes that NGC 5322 has a condensed core.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 4 9 22:49:31

Observing site: Little Tycho Observatory

Telescope: C-8

[13h 49m 18s, 60 12m 0s] A very faint smudge, hard to see in the 25, I did not see it in the 18.

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