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NGC 636

NGC 636, LEDA 6110, MCG-01-05-013, II 283, h 144, GC 377

RA: 01h 39m 6.52s
Dec: −07° 30′ 45.6″

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


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, E...

Mag: B=12.5, V=?

Size: 2.691′ x 2.238′
PA: 140°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-283

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

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls this a 12.6 mag elliptical galaxy in Cetus, 0.7' x 0.7', "pretty bright, very small, round, much brighter in the middle."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM,DIFHALO.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

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.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, small, round, much brighter middle."

Brian Skiff

POSS: m12 * 2'.9 NE, no * NNW.

SAO: three *s are m9.

15cm - pretty f, like hazy *.

25cm - circ, 1' diam. simple brightness profile: f halo rises nicely to sm

core and nrly *ar nuc.

30cm - SW of three m8.5 *s @ 149x. circ, 1'.5 diam w/br halo and sm core.

occas *ar nuc. 1'.2 diam @ 238x. 3' W of m11.5 *, another 1'.5 NNW.

core 15", nrly *ar nuc.

Contemporary observations

Tom Bryant

2011 1 4 19:40:15

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[1h 39m 6s, -7 31' 0"] A small, bright galaxy, gbm. E? B: E1.

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