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Type: galaxy, Sbc
Mag: B=12.79, V=?
Size: 4.168′ x 0.812′
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "vF, vmE, in pos about 5 degrees; 100 arcseconds long." On a second occassion he called it "pB, S, vmE, has a star 11m preceding its extremity."
Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone –40° to –90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.
Table p 601: 3x1, pa 85, "F, BN"
F, 3' long, vmE 75deg, pB centre 1' long, also vmE 75deg, no nucleus, prob.spiral seen edgewise.
De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. (photographic study, plates taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm).
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads ALMEON,EQDKLN,*P END.
15cm - mod f spindle w/m11 * at W tip @ 80x. 140x: 1'.5x0'.3 in pa75, mod even concen to brtr oval core, but no sharp nuc. halo reaches m11 *, which is N of maj axis. BS, 14Nov1993, LCO.
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