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NGC 5600 (12,345 of 18,816)


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NGC 5600

NGC 5600, LEDA 51422, MCG+03-37-013, UGC 9220, ZW VIII 410, II 177, h 1797, GC 3869

RA: 14h 23m 49.5s
Dec: +14° 38′ 21.1″

Con: Bo÷tes
Ch: MSA:719, U2:197, SA:14


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in group), S

Mag: B=11.9, V=?

Size: 1.445′ x 1.445′
PA: ?

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-177

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pF, not S, lbM, r."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it pretty bright, pretty small, gradually brighter in the middle and measuring 1.0' by 0.9'.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads R,UHISB,DIFARC NF.

Modern observations


This spiral in Bootes has a tiny 1' disc, and needs powers of 100x or so to be identified easily. Of 12th mag, it is within the grasp of a 6" It is often overlooked as there are no bright stars nearby to point the way.

Brian Skiff

RC3: V=12.1/12.7

POSS: string of *s not obvious. m10.5 * 7'.8 NE. m12 *s ~4'.5 N & SE.

15cm - not vis.

- mod f modsfcbr oval @ 80x. 140x: 1'.5x1'. elong E-W, a fat oval. strong

broad concen---no core or nuc. m15.5 * WNW, long axis ~sep to it. BS,

7Jun1991, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - easily seen at the E end of a string of *s. quite sm, centrally concen w/

*ar nuc. evenly diffuse edges.

- core appears E of center. BS, Big Cypress.

30cm - nice: broad circ core @ 140x. mod broad concen to 1' core, vlittle halo

to 1'.25 diam. no distinct nuc, but there are some f *ings in inner

regions. located 8' SW of m11 *. m12.5 *s N & SE @ 5' form w/m11 * a

symmetric kite pointing NE.

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.4M; 1' diameter; small and round with little brighter center; marks the fourth corner of a 15'-diameter quadrangle with three 12M stars."

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