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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 5846 (H-128-1), NGC 5846a (MCG+00-38-026), NGC 5839, NGC 5845, NGC 5850 - Inst: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount



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Observer: Dave Mitsky
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 2001/5/25 2:41 UT
Location of site: ASH Naylor Observatory, Lewisberry, PA, USA (Lat 40.15 d N, 76.9 d W, Elev 190 meters)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount
Magnification: 118, 162, 202, and 259x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 5846 (H-128-1), NGC 5846a (MCG+00-38-026), NGC 5839, NGC 5845, NGC 5850
Category: External galaxy.
Class: S0?, E1
Constellation: Virgo
Data: mag 10.0  size 3.0'x3.0'
Position: RA 15h:06.4m  DEC 1d:36'
Description:
A fairly bright and large elliptical galaxy in eastern Virgo, NGC 5846
appeared somewhat oval, probably due to the fact that a very close
companion galaxy (NGC 5846A) is almost superimposed upon it, and had a
stellar nucleus. NGC 5846 lies to the west of M5 and is about one
degree southeast of 119 Virginis. It is the brightest member of a
group of five galaxies. I could not directly detect NGC 5846A or any
of the other three galaxies (NGC 5839, NGC 5845, and NGC 5850). All
five are easily visible in a photograph that appears in the NSOG.
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