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NGC 615

NGC 615, AGC 410271, LEDA 5897, MCG-01-05-008, II 282, h 137, GC 363

RA: 01h 35m 5.7s
Dec: −07° 20′ 27″

Con: Cetus
Ch: MSA:290, U2:263, SA:10


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sb

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 3.311′ x 1.258′
PA: 155°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-282

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, cL, lE, mbM."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls this a 12.6 mag spiral in Cetus, 2.7' x 0.8', "pretty bright, pretty large, slightly elongated."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,DIF,SBM,DKLNS DIF COM 1'SP.

Sandage, A. et al. (1975) Galaxies and the Universe

G. de Vaucouleurs ("Galaxies and the Universe", Chapter 14 - Nearby Groups of Galaxies) notes that the Cetus II Cloud includes the NGC 584 & NGC 681 Groups. The five brightest members of the Cetus II Cloud are NGC 720, NGC 584, NGC 779, NGC 596 & NGC 615.

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1975)

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.

Includes NGC 584 and NGC 681 groups.

Brightest members: NGC 720 ( B(0) = 11.47), NGC 584 ( B(0) = 11.71), NGC 779 ( B(0) = 12.20), NGC 596 ( B(0) = 12.31), NGC 615 ( B(0) = 12.51).

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 22 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

Burnham, S.W. () Publ.Lick.Obs

"Observations of Nebulae with the 36-inch Refractor of the Lick Observatory", p 168.

See NGC 607.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 21 (1920)

pB, pS, mE 20deg, spindle or spiral with B almost stellar nucleus - in corner of pate.

Photo index

by Jim Lucyk: Burnhams V1 p651, Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p22.

NGC 6164-6165, Sky&Tel. 9/86 p218, 219, Sky&Tel. 10/69 p227, Astronomy mag. 4/85 (cover), Universe Guide to Stars & Planets (Ridpath & Tirion) p184.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Notes that this is one of a line of three galaxies southeast of NGC 584. These three are NGC 596, NGC 615 & NGC 636. NGC 615 measures 2.7' x 0.8' and is about v-mag 11.5

Ancient City Astron.Club (1980)

described as "very elusive, small, circular and evenly bright. Best with averted visiion applied. Situated near a bright field star. 6-inch, 48x."

Tom Lorenzin

Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12M; 4'x 1.5' extent; soft, ellipse-shaped, unresolved, many-armed spiral; see photo at HAG-22; EL GAL N636 (12.5M; 1.5'x 1' extent) is 1 degree to ESE; EL GAL N596 is 35' to NW just W of 6M star."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, somewhat elongated, much brighter middle."

Brian Skiff

Lick: m9 * 6' WSW. gx in pa150.

Hubble: pa155.

15cm - mod br, circ. *ar nuc w/o core, but nice halo.

25cm - lies 5' ENE of m9 *. seems elong either in pa0 or pa150, seeming to alternate btwn. core elong too, perhaps w/gap to S side. halo 1'.5x0'.5.

30cm - easy 6' ENE of m8.5 *. mod concen w/sub*ar nuc. halo 2'x1' in pa175, not as concen as N596. *ar nuc seems to be N of center.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2011 1 4 19:36:44

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[1h 35m 6s, -7 20' 0"] A bright galaxy, 1.5x3', elongated NW to SE. Bright nucleus. Confirmed, WikiSky. B: Sb.

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