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NGC 5761

NGC 5761, ESO 580-39, LEDA 52916, MCG-03-38-018, SGC 144618-2010.2

RA: 14h 49m 8.4s
Dec: −20° 22′ 35″

Con: Libra
Ch: MSA:838, U2:333, SA:21


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Type: galaxy, E

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 1.584′ x 1.288′
PA: 75°

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

NGC 5761 carries in the NGC another of the notoriously poor early Leander McCormick positions. Nevertheless, I am almost certain that this is one or the other of ESO 580-G039 or ESO 580-G040. Since the LM positions are more likely to be off in RA than in Dec, and since the nominal declination is close to that of -G040, this suggests that the RC3 identification with G39 is incorrect. However, -G039 is nearly a magnitude brighter than -G040 in ESO-LV, it is larger, and it is also more face-on -- all factors that suggest that it, and not -G040, is N5761. Unfortunately, there is no discovery sketch, so we can only guess at this point. Forced to a decision, I would say that the RC3 identification is perhaps correct -- but I certainly wouldn't bet any of my cats on it!

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Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 14.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

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