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NGC 986 (1,782 of 18,816)


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NGC 986

NGC 986, AM 0231-391, ESO 299-7, LEDA 9747, MCG-07-06-015, SGC 023134-3915.9, h 2487, GC 567

RA: 02h 33m 34.2s
Dec: −39° 02′ 40″

Con: Fornax
Ch: MSA:424, U2:389, SA:18


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, SBb

Mag: B=11.8, V=11.02

Size: 3.89′ x 2.29′
PA: 150°

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Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "pB, L, psbM, 3' long, 2' broad; either Binuclear or more extended on the N.f. side than on the opposite. No other neb. near it." On a second occassion he called it "B, L, pmE, vsmbM; 100 arcseconds long, 60 arcseconds broad; Unequally bright and exhibiting an approach to the Binuclear form." Herschel tentatively identifies it as Dunlop 519.

Dunlop, James (1828)

Dunlop, J. (1828) A Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars in the Southern Hemisphere, Observed at Paramatta in New South Wales. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., 118, 113-151. [1828RSPT..118..113D]

This object was observed by James Dunlop from Paramatta, New South Wales, with a 9-inch f/12 telescope. He described it as "a faint nebula, of an irregular round figure, about 30 arcseconds diameter, north of a bright small star."

Ellery, R.L.J. (1885) Melbourne Observations

Recorded in "Observations of the Southern Nebulae made with the Great Melbourne Telescope".

See the discussion of Lithograph M.1.8 for the details.

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 9 (1912)

vF, pL, E 40deg, probably spiral."

de Vaucouleurs, G. (1956)

De Vaucouleurs (1956) "Survey of bright galaxies south of -35° declination", Mem. Mount Stromlo, No. 13. On photos taken with the 30-inch Reynolds reflector, 20-inch diaphragm: bright inner part 2.3' x 2.1', faint outer regions 4' x 3.2'. Remarks: very remarkable. vBN 0.25'

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,B,BM,SHORTDIF ARMS.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p8.4.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 30, suddenly much brighter in the middle at 135X."

Brian Skiff

POSS: 7'.7 N of m9 *. pair 9' N: 11,11; 12"; pa273, forms skinny S-pointing triangle w/m10.5 * 65" S. gx bar in pa60.

ESO: pa150 overall.

15cm - br oval w/sharp cen @ 80x. 140x: 2'x1' in pa45. mostly mod broad concen except for ridge along maj axis, 1'x0'.1, which has 5" circ core and *ar nuc. seem to be br knots on either side of nuc on maj axis and sfc generally mottled. BS, 14Nov1993, LCO.

30cm - 8' N of m9 *, halfway to pair 1'.5 apart. 1'.8x0'.8 in pa40. tapering ends. sm 10" core showing *ar nuc w/averted vis. pretty well concen.

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