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NGC 5786

NGC 5786, ESO 327-37, LEDA 53527, MCG-07-31-004, SGC 145541-4148.8, h 3583, GC 4009

RA: 14h 58m 56.7s
Dec: −42° 00′ 45″

Con: Centaurus
Ch: MSA:929, U2:405, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sc

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 2.398′ x 1.258′
PA: 63°

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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.

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

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."

Published comments

Paturel et al. (1991)

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 & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a galaxy. Their coded description reads S,RI*FIELD.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf


A 15.5-inch reflector shows it as a faint, elongated smudge of light lying amongst three faint stars.

2009 May 26-27

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)

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