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NGC 5808 (12,733 of 18,816)


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NGC 5808

NGC 5808, NGC 5819, UGC 9609, LEDA 53251, III 311, GC 4022

RA: 14h 54m 2.9s
Dec: +73° 07′ 53″

Con: Ursa Minor
Ch: MSA:532, U2:10, SA:2


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Type: galaxy, SBbc

Mag: B=14.3, V=13.5

Size: 0.9′ x 0.9′
PA: ?

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

NGC 5808 = NGC 5819. In spite of what Dreyer says in his notes to WH's Papers, the galaxy is very nearly between two stars about 6 arcmin apart, just as WH claims. D'Arrest's description ("Forms a triangle with two stars") is also correct -- the triangle is quite flat. D'A's position is pretty good, WH's less so: it is out by a minute of time in RA, and 6.5 arcmin in Dec. But there is no doubt concerning the identity; the stars nail it down.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H III-311

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "vF, S, iR, between two pretty small stars, 6' apart."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

Dreyer notes: "d'Arrest and Bigourdan have only seen a nebula (NGC 5819) +1 minute -7' from H's place, but it is not in the middle between two stars 6' apart. Bigourdan has an object in +48 seconds, -3' from H's place, but it is probably only a vF star."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads =5819 S.

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