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NGC 5371 (11,927 of 18,816)


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NGC 5371

NGC 5371, NGC 5390, LEDA 49514, MCG+07-29-020, UGC 8846, II 716, h 1707, GC 3710

RA: 13h 55m 39.97s
Dec: +40° 27′ 42.8″

Con: Canes Venatici
Ch: MSA:608, U2:76, SA:7


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (AGN LINER-type), SBb

Mag: B=11.5, V=?

Size: 4.168′ x 2.884′
PA: 8°

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History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 5371 probably also carries the designation NGC 5390, which see.


Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a "fine spiral" in Canes Venatici, 11.5 mag, measuring 3.7' x 3.0', which he describes as "pretty bright, large, round and brighter in the middle."

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-716

Discovered in 1788 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, L, iR, FN, mbM, 4 or 5' diameter."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,B,DIF,DKLNS,RG&BAR 2PRINCIPAL BKN ARMS.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.5M; 3' diameter; looks a little oblong; with stellar nucleus; two 9M stars nearby, one a minute or so NE of core, the other 5' N of core; close pair EL GAL N5353 (12.2M; 1.1' x 0.4' extent) and SP GAL N5354 (11.5M; 2' diameter) 25' to WSW and 1' apart; add SP GAL N5350 (11.4M; 3' x 2' extent) 5' NNW of 5353-4 and you have 4 galaxies in one 0.5 degree field!."

Brian Skiff

POSS: halo pa10; halo barely reaches * W. hard to get overall pa, but greater than about pa30, as per 30cm obs, but * NE may affect this. two *s W 1'.2 apart. rough fld sketch from POSS on card.

15cm - 4'x1'.5 in pa45 in dk sky. no cen brtning whatsoever. fine grainy.

25cm - in dk sky 4'x2'.5 in pa15. m14 *ar nuc w/o core of any sort. m14 *s W of center and W of S flank. br * NE.

30cm - easy. diffuse but fairly well concen. 20" core w/overall size 3'x1'.8 in pa65. halo reaches m13.8 * 1'.8 W, almost to m14 * 2'.2 away.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2010 6 7 23:42:22

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[13h 55m 42s, 40 28m 0s] A small smudge, roundish, with no pronounced nucleus. SBb?. Burnham: Sb.

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