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NGC 5985

NGC 5985, LEDA 55725, MCG+10-22-030, UGC 9969, II 766, GC 4131, GC 4133

RA: 15h 39m 36.77s
Dec: +59° 19′ 51.8″

Con: Draco
Ch: MSA:553, U2:51, SA:2

Ref: SIMBAD

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Type: galaxy (Seyfert), Sb

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 5.128′ x 2.57′
PA: 13°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-766

Discovered in 1788 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, cL, iE, resolvable."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,EL,DKLNS,DIFWDSSTR.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 2/81 p101, Astronomy mag. 4/87 p106, Burnhams V2 p873, Rev.Shapley-Ames Cat.of Bright Gal. (Sandage,Tammann 1981) p117.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12M; 4' x 2' extent; large and soft, N-S-oriented spiral arm assembly surrounds bright stellar core; 10M star 5' NNE of core; EL GAL N5982 (12.4M; 1.1' x 0.7' extent) bright core in small fuzz 7' to W."

Brian Skiff

Lick: halo pa20, core pa0.

POSS: no *ing nr center; gx symmetrical.

UGC: pa13.

15cm - barely. Roof.

- fairly f, but not much harder than -82 due to size. 125x gives 2'.5x1'.

core is off-center, inconsp, and more nrly circ than in 25cm. BS,

6Jun1981, Slate Mtn.

25cm - pa0, 1'.5x1'. little brtr to cen. Roof.

- 190x: pa20, 3'x1'.2. sm inconsp oval core 0'.3x0'.1 is off-center to N.

* or *ing a bit W of geom center, m14.5, at SW edge of core. sfc

mottled and of modlosfcbr, but fades suddenly at edge. BS, 6Jun1981,

Slate Mtn.

30cm - broad, poorly concen blob 4'x3'.5 in pa N-S. core 0'.8, halo mottled.

modlosfcbr. lies 7'.7 E of -82.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2011 6 2 0:37:50

Observing site: Little Tycho Observatory

Telescope: C-8

[15h 39m 36s, 59 20m 0s] A very faint, small smudge. Almost a not seen. This should be revisited in dark skies with the C-11.

2011 6 29 23:53:23

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[15h 39m 36s, 59 20m 0s] Still a faint, elongated smudge.

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