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NGC 5687 (12,512 of 18,816)


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NGC 5687

NGC 5687, LEDA 52116, MCG+09-24-020, UGC 9395, II 808, h 1849, GC 3940

RA: 14h 34m 52.39s
Dec: +54° 28′ 32.1″

Con: Bo÷tes
Ch: MSA:569, U2:50, SA:2


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, S0

Mag: B=13.3, V=?

Size: 2.511′ x 1.862′
PA: 105°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms:H II-808

Discovered in 1789 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, S, iF, easily resolved, mixed with some pL stars, which may perhaps belong to it."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 12.7 mag spiral galaxy in Bootes, measuring 0.6' x 0.4', which is pretty faint, small and elongated; lenticular.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM,BET2*CLOSE.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 100 and brighter in the middle at 165X. There are several stars involved at high power."

Brian Skiff

RC3: V=11.8/13.1

POSS: 2'.1 NNW of SAO 29208. other *s: m12.5 * 1'.2 SW, m13-13.5 *s 19" E,

36" SW, and 30" WNW. M+9-24-19 50" WWSW.

UGC: pa105.

15cm - just seen N of m7.5 *.

- consp due to sev nrby *s @ 80x. 140x: oval elong E-W, 1'x0'.6 with mod-strong broad concen to sm inconsp circ core. m10 * SE forms pattern w/three much fntr *s leading to two m14 *s, closest on maj axis nr W end (see sketch in logbook). BS, 15May1991, Texas Star Party.

25cm - makes triangle w/br * and m12.5 * on SW. on W edge is threshold *. round, 40" diam. f, elong(?) object. *ar nuc.

30cm - nice, interesting. elong E-W. 220x: 1'.8x1', located 2'.5 N of m9.5 *. m13 * 1' SW. two *s embedded in the gx on the W and SW sides. halo and core are vmottled. no sharp nuc.

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