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NGC 5633 (12,393 of 18,816)


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NGC 5633

NGC 5633, LEDA 51620, MCG+08-26-034, UGC 9271, ZW I 89, I 185, h 1818, GC 3899

RA: 14h 27m 28.52s
Dec: +46° 08′ 49.6″

Con: Bo÷tes
Ch: MSA:586, U2:77, SA:7


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sb

Mag: B=12.9, V=?

Size: 1.698′ x 1.047′
PA: 10°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-185

Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "c or pB, S, R, psmbM."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 12.8 mag spiral galaxy in Bootes, measuring 0.9' x 0.5', which is considerably bright, pretty small, elongated and pretty gradually a little brighter in the middle.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

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

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the five brightest members of the NGC 5676 Group are NGC 5676, NGC 5660, NGC 5633, NGC 5689 & IC 1029.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 20 and has a bright middle at 100X."

Brian Skiff

RC3: V=12.4/13.3

UGC: pa10.

15cm - not vis.

- mod f & sm @ 80x. 140x: 40" diam and sl oval elong in pa10. mod even

concen to inconsp sub*ar center. BS, 17May1991, Texas Star Party.

25cm - featureless f circ patch 1' diam w/diffuse edges. sl brtr twd undef core.


30cm - sm 40" oval elong approx N-S. some concen, no nuc. unevenly br.

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