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RA: 15h 38m 30.12s
Dec: +12° 11′ 10.9″
Ch: MSA:716, U2:199, SA:15
Type: galaxy, SBbc
Mag: B=12.2, V=?
Size: 3.019′ x 2.137′
Synonyms: H II-076
Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB pL lE gbM r."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,SLEL,HISBCT, MANY KNYTIW ARMS.
Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2x1 and bright middle at 135X."
Instrument:12"Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.
Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.
Transparency of the Sky:Haziness only visible on the horizon.
Seeing:Atmosphere stable with little interference.
Chart Number:No.155(Extract taken out of "Star Gazer's Deep Space Atlas").
Brightness Profile:Low Surface Brightness.
Challenge Rating:Difficult to observe in a small telescope under dark skies,but best seen in a large telescope.
Overall Shape:Well-defined shape,it is slightly oval.Resembles an elliptical galaxy.
What does the galactic nucleus look like? Oval.
Any stars very near or within the galaxy? There are few faint 7th to 9th magnitude stars close to this elliptical galaxy.
Are there darker areas within the galaxy? No,darker regions are observed.
Are there areas of uneven brightness? No.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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