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NGC 5899 (12,982 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 5899

NGC 5899, LEDA 54428, MCG+07-31-045, UGC 9789, II 650, h 1914, GC 4077

RA: 15h 15m 3.29s
Dec: +42° 02′ 58.7″

Con: Bo÷tes
Ch: MSA:604, U2:78, SA:7


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (AGN LINER-type), SBc

Mag: B=12.6, V=?

Size: 2.884′ x 1.348′
PA: 18°

Historical observations

William Herschel

Synonyms:H II-650

Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, E, BNM and faint branch 2' long, 0.25' broad."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 12.4 mag spiral galaxy in Bootes, measuring 2.3' x 0.6', which is considerably bright, pretty large, pretty much elongated and suddenly much brighter in the middle to a nucleus.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,EL,BM,PD,DKLN.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.4M; 2.3' x 0.6' extent; faint slash with 13M or dimmer stellar nucleus; 9M star 3' to WNW; 10M star 4' W and a little S; bright yellow-orange star 9' to NW is 6.2M Gloria Ginae (SAO 45445); Lux Lisae (SAO 45440) is the bright (6.5M) blue-white star 50' due N of Gloria Ginae; 2.5' NW of Lux Lisae is 6.5M white star Ignis Iani (SAO 45348)."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much elongated (3X1) in PA 25, much brighter in the middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 100X."

Brian Skiff

RC3: V=11.7/13.0

POSS: no *ing SE of core.

UGC: pa18.

15cm - not vis.

- mod f & elong @ 80x. 140x: 2'x0'.5 in pa15 w/mod even but sl irreg concen

along length. m15.5 * off gx 1' NE. sm oval core not well def. BS,

17May1991, Texas Star Party.

25cm - losfcbr, 2'x1' in pa~N-S. even light w/vgradual brtning twd core.


30cm - mod br, 3'x1' in pa15. sl concen to broad 1'.5x1' core. def sub*ar nuc of


- 149x: elong in pa30. broad, lo concen. *ing nr center. 238x: 2'x1' w/0'.8

round core. occas *ing on SE side of core. smooth, no zones.

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