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IC 5052

IC 5052, AM 2047-692, ESO 74-15, LEDA 65603, SGC 204722-6923.5

RA: 20h 52m 6.3s
Dec: −69° 12′ 13″

Con: Pavo
Ch: MSA:1528, U2:457, SA:26


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sc/Ir

Mag: B=12.12, V=?

Size: 6.025′ x 0.794′
PA: 143°

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

It was discovered by Delisle Stewart on photographic plates taken with the 24" Bruce refractor at the Arequipa station of Harvard College Observatory. He described it in the NGC as "faint, large, extremely elongated in PA 140 , 4' long."

Published comments

Reynolds, J.H. (1921)

Reynolds, J.H. (1921) The spiral nebulae in the zone -40° to -90° (from the Franklin-Adams Plates). MNRAS, 81, 598.

Table p 601: 6x1, pa 130, "pB"

de Vaucouleurs, G. (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).

Schmidt, K.-H. et al. (1993)

Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A. & Boller T. (1993) Nearby galaxies. Revised machine-readable version of the catalogue. Astron. Nachr., 314, 371. [1993AN....314..371S]

Other names: "E074-15". Inclination: (face-on, in degrees) 90 Total colour index .63 Logarithm of the angular diameter D25 (arcminutes) 1.77 Blue photographic magnitude 11.85 This galaxy is included in a sample of galaxies with velocity less than 500km/s with respect to the centroid of the Local Group. [Nearby Galaxies. Schmidt K.-H., Priebe A., Boller T. (Astron. Nachr. 314, 371 (1993))]

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 four brightest members of the NGC 6876 Group are NGC 6943, IC 5052, NGC 6876 & NGC 6808.

Modern observations

Brian Skiff

15cm - 80x: mod f spindle in pa150. 140x: m11 * N, m13 * SW: halo length sl

less than sep of these, or 3'.5x0'.6. mod broad concen, no core or nuc,

but a few clumps. nice object. m14 dbl* off SE side. BS, 8Nov1993, LCO.


This 12th mag edge-on barred spiral in Pavo measures only 5.8' by 0.9'. Although faint, it presents a fine sight because it appears like a thin, silvery needle of light. The central bulge is not much wider than the spiral arms, and the galaxy's centre is only slightly brighter than the arms. The surrounding starfield is very pretty and contains many interesting groups. Because of its very low surface brightness, it shows no colour and appears a pale grey.

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