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Type: galaxy, SBb
Mag: B=13.6, V=?
Size: 4.466′ x 3.388′
Synonyms: H II-543
Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F."
by Jim Lucyk: Deep Sky #18 Sp87 p6.
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads SB,STELNUC,FVDIFARMS ARMS POORLY SEEN.
G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the five brightest members of the NGC 5846 group are NGC 5846, NGC 5813, NGC 5838, NGC 5850 & NGC 5806.
de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975) Nearby groups of galaxies. In: Kuiper, G. (ed) Stars and Stellar Systems. Volume 9: Galaxies and the Universe. Chapter 14, p557.
Brightest members: 5846 ( B(0) = 11.76), 5813 ( B(0) = 12.09), 5838 ( B(0) = 12.14), 5850 ( B(0) = 12.25), 5806 ( B(0) = 12.70).
This galaxy is visible in the same field as the brighter NGC 5846 as seen with the 15.5" and the 17mm Plossl. NGC 5850 looks like a dim, faint globular cluster.
Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park
[15h 7m 6s, 1° 33m 0s] A large, faint, smudge.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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