Galaxy NGC 3486

Object Description

NGC 3486
NGC 3486: Galaxy in Leo Minor; 500 mm Cassegrain 3625 mm f/7.2; SBIG STL11K; 340+60+60+60 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2015 Radek Chromik

The galaxy NGC 3486 was discovered on 11 April 1785 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel with his homemade 18.7 inch f/12.8 reflecting telescope in Slough, England. He listed it under the designation I 87. [196, 277, 313] Es is a Seyfert 2 galaxy with an intermediate form from spiral to barred spiral (morphological type SABc) It is located at a distance of 8.4 to 13 Mpc. [145]

Revised+Historic NGC/IC, Version 22/9, © Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
DesignationNGC 3486
TypeGx (SBc)
Right Ascension11h 00m 24.0s
Declination+28° 58' 32"
Diameter7.1 × 5.2 arcmin
Photographic (blue) magnitude11.1 mag
Visual magnitude10.5 mag
Surface brightness14.3 mag·arcmin-2
Position Angle80°
Distance derived from z9.60 Mpc
Metric Distance12.230 Mpc
Dreyer DescriptioncB, cL, R, gmbM
Identification, RemarksUGC 6079, MCG 5-26-32, CGCG 155-41

Finder Chart

The galaxy NGC 3486 is located in the constellation Leo Minor (Leo Minor). The best viewing time is October to June.

Chart Galaxy NGC 3486
Galaxy NGC 3486 in constellation Leo Minor. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ≈ 6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ≈ 20 mag. [149, 160]

Visual Observation

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145SIMBAD astronomical database;
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
196Celestial Atlas by Curtney Seligman; (2020-12-28)
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
313«A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D; (2021-04-14)