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NGC 4753

NGC 4753, LEDA 43671, MCG+00-33-016, UGC 8009, Bennett 55, I 16, h 1461, GC 3273

RA: 12h 52m 22.08s
Dec: −01° 11′ 58.4″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:772, U2:239, SA:14


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, I...

Mag: B=11.7, V=?

Size: 5.495′ x 2.951′
PA: 80°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-016

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "cB vL iF vgmbM."

Published comments

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 30 (1924)

! B, 3'x1', E 95deg, vB centre, two lanes of absorption in the nebula north and south of centre meeting in its preceding end.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 38 (1935)

Confirms HOB30

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads BE,SLEL,BM,DKLNS CT DIF APP SUSP P SIDE.

Sandage, A. (1961) The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies

This galaxy appears on page 8 of "The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies" by Allan Sandage (1961, Washington, DC).

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Hubble Atl.of Gal. (Sandage 1961) p8.


Two supernovae erupted in this galaxy; 1965 (12.3p), 1983 (12.9v)

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter middle, much elongated 2.5 X 1 in PA 0 at 100X."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "10.6M; 2.8' x 2' extent; bright oblong with little brighter center; see photo at HAG-8; 15' S and a little E of 8M SAO 139010."

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

1997 June 07

Date: 7 6 1997

Very much hazy around. Can see bright nucleus Bare starfield, just few bright stars. Hazy round light. Stand out fairly to the backround.

(no date)

8-inch f/10 SCT (EP: 1.25-inch 26mm SP 77x 41' fov; 1.25-inch 18mm SW 111x 36' fov)

Faint, little oval fleck of light getting slowly brighter to the nucleus. Although hazy, the galaxy stands out fairly nice to the background with a few stars visible to the southwest. Appears relatively lonely in not so busy star-field.

Tom Bryant

2010 4 14 21:0:35

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[12h 52m 24s, -1 12' 0"] A very faint circular smudge. Sd? (Burnham, E1 or Irr)

2010 4 11 0:5:59

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: C-11

[12h 52m 24s, -1 12' 0"] Not found.

Richard Ford

2017, January, 26th

Location:Blesfontein Guest Farm, Sutherland.


Sky Conditions:The most crystal clear sky possible.Dark moon and stars magnitude 6 and fainter are visible with the naked eye.Excellent clean sky,limited star flickering and brilliant objects.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This galaxy in appearance has two faint extensions which is clearly seen edge on.To note, around the central outskirts of this galaxy there is some dark regions being seen and the central nucleus of this galaxy is slightly elongated.This galaxy measures 3.8'x 2.5'with P.A:E/W.Chart No:461,NSOG 2.

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