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NGC 5061

NGC 5061, AM 1315-263, ESO 508-38, LEDA 46330, MCG-04-31-048, SGC 131520-2634.4, Bennett 59, I 138, h 3480, GC 3477

RA: 13h 18m 4.8s
Dec: −26° 50′ 10″

Con: Hydra
Ch: MSA:867, U2:330, SA:21


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, E

Mag: B=11.35, V=10.41

Size: 3.981′ x 3.311′
PA: 117°

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Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-138

Discovered in 1786 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "cB, R, psmbM."

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Observed by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "B, pS, R, psbM, 12 arcseconds, a star 9th mag follows 10.5 seconds." On a second occassion he called it "vB, R, bM, has a star 10th mag 11 seconds following, 30 arcseconds south."

Published comments

Doig, P. (1925)

Doig, P. (1925) Notes on the nebulae and clusters in Webb's 'Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes' (Sixth edition, Vol.ii). Part II. M.N.R.A.S., 35(8), 280.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 15 (1915)

vBN in pS, R atmosphere.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Cat.of South.Peculiar Gal.and Ass. Vol 2 (Arp&Madore, 1987) p22.1.

Modern observations

Hartung, E.J. (1968) Astron.Obj.South.Tel

Hartung notes: "In a field sprinkled with stars is a bright symmetrical nebula about 1.5' across with a nuclear centre. 10.5cm shows this object plainly and also the nucleus; the small star 2.5' following is a close pair."

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 17.5" f/4.5 at 100X, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, round, very suddenly much brighter in the middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 150X.

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11.7M; 1.3' x 1' extent; bright, small oblong with much brighter center; 7M star 2.5' to E."

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

1997 May 14

Location: Campsite Farm. (South 23 16 East 29 26)

Sky conditions: clear.

Instrument: Meade 8 inch (Super wide-angle 18mm eyepiece.

Date: 14 May 1979.

ASSA-DSO - Report H

Small galaxy, relatively bright, symmetrical to round with a bright nucleus more or less in the middle. A beautiful small star prominent to the north east. A few stars trail away in a beautiful peppered starfield.

(no date)

16-inch f/10 SCT (EP: 2-inch 32mm SW 127x 32' fov; 2-inch 14mm UW 290x 17' fov; 2-inch 8.8mm UW 462x 11' fov)

Small galaxy, relatively bright, symmetrical to round with a bright nucleus (290x). Beautiful 8th magnitude whitish star, which could be a double star about 3' arc minutes prominent to the east. A few stars trail away from the star in a sling around the galaxy from north to west, down south. Beautifully peppered star field. (Mag 10.2; size 4.1' x 3.5'; SB 12.9; PA 117)

Auke Slotegraaf

2009 January 29

Sutherland (Huis Lana)

"Bertha" 12-inch f/4.8 Dobsonian (EP: 32mm, 25mm, 10mm, 6.3mm Plossls, 2x Barlow, 32mm Erfle)

Conditions: Clear, dark.

Just under 4° due south of 3rd-mag gamma Hydrae lies this comet-like galaxy. 60x, 120x: An obvious round glow, brighter in the middle. Sketch. A small star lies close (0.7-arcmin) ENE, while a bright orange star is further ESE (HD 115560, V=9.0, B-V=+0.54; 2.3-arcmin away). (D: 20090129/30. Own star charts)

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 has the shape of an irregular out of focus rugby ball and that this galaxy is slightly oval in appearance.Around the outskirts of this galaxy there are plenty of areas of uneven brightness and dark regions being seen.This galaxy measures 3.1'x 2.3'.Chart No:220,NSOG 2.

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