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RA: 14h 58m 56.7s
Dec: −42° 00′ 45″
Ch: MSA:929, U2:405, SA:21
Type: galaxy, Sc
Mag: B=12, V=?
Size: 2.398′ x 1.258′
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This 12th mag spiral galaxy, measuring 1.7' x 1.5', is recorded in the NGC as "faint, much elongated, bright star south following." This bright star is Chi Centauri, which hampers observation of the galaxy.
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "F, mE. In the field with and N.p. ASC 1693 (Kappa Centauri). Place very rude."
Paturel, G., Petit, C., Kogoshvili, N. et al. (1991) An extragalactic data base. IV. Errors and misprints in catalogues of galaxies. Astrophys.J.Suppl.Ser., 91(3), 371.
NGC 5786 = MCG –7 –31 –4.
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads S,RI*FIELD.
A 15.5-inch reflector shows it as a faint, elongated smudge of light lying amongst three faint stars.
12-inch f/4.9 Dobsonian, "Bertha", set up in the Theatre on Jurg Wagener's 'Sterland' in Sutherland. Heavy dew. Skies clear. Temperature dropping to −4°C.
Faint, elongated (1:1.5) glow with a very bright star (kappa Cen, V=3.1) disturbingly closeby (6').
60x (25mm) does not show the galaxy, while 300x (Barlow + 10mm) shows it with attention.
Rough sketch made showing the faint stars nearby.
(Uranometria 2000.0 chart 405)
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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