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NGC 7541

NGC 7541, NGC 7581, MCG+01-59-017, UGC 12447, LEDA 70795, II 429, h 2216, GC 4909

RA: 23h 14m 43.7s
Dec: +04° 32′ 3″

Con: Pisces
Ch: MSA:1257, U2:259, SA:17


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, ScII

Mag: B=12.4, V=11.7

Size: 3.5′ x 1.4′
PA: 102°

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 7541 may also be NGC 7581, which see. Also see NGC 7560.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H II-429

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "Two. The following [NGC 7541] pB. ,E in parallel, mbM, 4' long, 1' broad. The preceding [NGC 7537] vF, cS; 3 or 4' distant."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,HISB,INTDKPCH DIF PERIPH.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that Admiral Smyth viewed this galaxy with his 6-inch refractor, noting that it appeared "so dim as to be only perceptible under settled gazing, and clock-work motion, when it faintly gleams among the telescopic stars in the field." Houston adds: "Yet my 5-inch moonwatch scope on a good night shows this 3' by 1' spindle, which I estimate as of visual mag 11.8."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13.1" f/5.6, notes: ""NGC 7541 Bright, large, elongated 4 X 1 in PA 90 and has a bright middle at 165X. Has NGC 7537 as a companion galaxy, and they are almost in the same PA of elongation."

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