NGC 5885 (MCG-02-39-013) Galaxy in Libra

Located at: RA 15 hours 15 minutes 04 seconds, Dec -10 degrees 05 minutes 12 seconds

Size: 3.5' x 3.0' Magnitude: 12.3 blue Class: SAB(r)c HII

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 600 minutes (60 x 10 minute subs), 06/22/24/25/26/2017; seeing 2.4-4.6 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing: CCDStack 2.94.6355.18107, Photoshop CS5.1
Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: This nice face-on spiral has a rather low surface brightness. I imaged this last southern object before turning to the north to image (see NGC 6951).

From the NGC / IC Project:

Steve's Notes

NGC 5885 = MCG -02-39-013 = PGC 54429; 15 15 04.1 -10 05 08; V = 11.8;  Size 3.5'x3.1';  Surf Br = 14.2;  PA = 65d

18" (6/13/07): moderately bright, moderately large, elongated 4:3 SW-NE,, ~1.5'x1.1', very weak concentration.  A mag 10 star sits at the NE tip of the galaxy.

13.1" (7/5/83): very faint, round, diffuse with a low, even surface brightness.  Mag 9 SAO 140412 is just off the NE edge 1.7' from center and light from the star swamps the dim glow of the galaxy.

WH discovered NGC 5885 = H III-116 = h3595 on 9 May 1784 (sweep 210) and recorded "vF, cL, almost R, the whitishness approaching to the milky kind; very near and preceding a bright star."  JH made the single observation "pF; L; R; vgbM; 3' diam." and measured an accurate position