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Type: galaxy, E
Mag: B=12.6, V=11.52
Size: 2.511′ x 2.29′
Synonyms: H III-138
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Two, nearly parallel 7' distant, Both vF, not vS, R." The two objects are NGC 5898 and NGC 5903.
Observed by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, R, pgbM, 15 arcseconds."
Shapley, H. & Ames, A. (1932) A survey of the external galaxies brighter than the thirteenth magnitude. Annals Harvard College Obs., 88(2), 43.
Position given in NGC corrected by that published by Reinmuth's Die Herschel Nebel.
(Astrophysical Journal, 202, 563-582) notes that this galaxy is a member of the NGC 5898 Pair. Members include NGC 5898, NGC 5903 & ESO 514-G 3.
(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.
Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.Haziness only visible on the horizon.Atmosphere stable with little interference.
This galaxy is observed as an oval shape of light which is vaguely faint at 75*.The galactic nucleus of this galaxy is fairly faint and well defined but no structure is seen.This galaxy measures 2.8'*0.9'.From the nuclues of this galaxy the light of this galaxy grows brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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