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RA: 14h 10m 25.03s
Dec: −43° 19′ 28.6″
Ch: MSA:931, U2:404, SA:21
Type: galaxy, Sc
Mag: B=12.09, V=11.38
Size: 4.073′ x 3.715′
Discovered by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pretty faint, very large, round, very gradually brighter in the middle, 4'."
Burnham calls this a 12.4 mag spiral galaxy in Centaurus, 2.6' x 2.4', pretty faint, very large, round, very gradually brighter in the middle.
Table IV: ! S sp.
Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone –40° to –90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.
Table, p601. 2x1.5, F
"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).
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,R,BM,DIF,DIFHALO NB S ARMS.
Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.
Eyepieces:26mm Super Wide Field Eyepiece.
20mm Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece.
Sky Conditions:Whole Milky Way is visible.
Transparency of the Sky:The sky is clean.
Seeing:Atmosphere stable with little interference.
Limiting Magnitude 6.
First Impression:This object looks like a faint smudge of light.
Chart Number:No.17(Extract taken out of "Atlas of the Night Sky").
Size:26mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:57'/12=4.7'.
20mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:50'/11.5=4.3'.
Size in Arc Minutes:4.5'.
Galaxy is 4.5'*0.9'.
Brightness Profile:From the far outskirts to the central outskirts of this galaxy the nucleus grows slightly brighter.
Challenge Rating:Extremely Difficult.
This galaxy looks like a faint smudge of light.No spiral structure is seen because this galaxy is too faint.In this elusive galaxy areas of uneven brightness are all over. There is some darker areas within this galaxy.
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