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Type: galaxy, SBb
Mag: B=13.5, V=?
Size: 6.456′ x 1.862′
Synonyms: H II-683
Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "pB, pL, R, mbM, S.f. a considerable star."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,EL,BM,KNARMS,MINC PD,DKLNS.
Sidney van den Bergh (1961, Astronomical Journal, Vol 66) notes that this galaxy could be a radio source. He remarks: "Highly peculiar spiral with overextended spiral arms like those in the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4258."
16-inch f/10 SCT (127x 290x 462x)
The galaxy is situated amongst a field full of galaxies on the south-eastern flanks of the constellation Virgo. A lovely galaxy in a perfect elongated east to west direction, quite outstanding against the star field. The galaxy displays a relatively large nucleus which mingles well into the surface brightness of the galaxy. A magnitude 10 star overwhelms the impression situated on the northern flat side of the galaxy.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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