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NGC 5669 (12,486 of 18,816)


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NGC 5669

NGC 5669, LEDA 51973, MCG+02-37-021, UGC 9353, II 79, GC 3927

RA: 14h 32m 43.8s
Dec: +09° 53′ 28″

Con: Bo÷tes
Ch: MSA:719, U2:197, SA:14


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (HII), Sc

Mag: B=13.2, V=?

Size: 4.073′ x 2.691′
PA: 50°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms:H II-079

Discovered in 1784 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "F L R lbM r 4 or 5' diameter."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 12.5 mag spiral galaxy in Bootes, measuring 2.5' x 2.0', which is faint, large, round and a little brighter in the middle.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,APM SF VKN,BARM NP LGE GAP N ARM W/KNOTS AT FAR END.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Faint, large, little elongated 1.2 X 1 in PA 60, very little brighter in the middle at 100X. This low surface brightness galaxy has a somewhat brighter bar in the middle, averted vision helps with this object."

Brian Skiff

RC3: B=12.1/14.1

POSS: br arms + core in pa60, but smlr pa okay: sev f *s and unusually br

HII regions inv. triangle *s at 6'.2 in pa295 and 5'.9 in pa330.

UGC: pa50.

15cm - not vis.

- fairly lg, fairly f---vlosfcbr @ 80x. 3'x2', elong NE-SW w/wk-mod broad

concen. sm inconsp core, occas *ings. threshold *? close to SW end. BS,

7Jun1991, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - modsfcbr. 2'.5 diam, pa15. *ar nuc, broad core fading gradually to

diffuse edge.

30cm - broadly oval, 2'.5x2' in pa20. evenly and sl [wk even?] concen with

innermost regions elongate. f spots nr center, smooth otherwise. forms

triangle w/two *s.

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