Galaxy NGC 613

NGC 613
NGC 613: Image taken with FORS1 and FORS2 multi-mode instrumets at VLT MELIPAL and YEPUN © ESO 2003/P.D. Barthel [634]


This galaxy was discovered by William Herschel on 9th December 1798 using his 18.7 inch reflector. He cataloged it as I 281 and noted: «Considerably bright, extended, north preceding, south following, having a nucleus in the middle, 6' long, 1.5' broad.» [465] Dreyer added the galaxy as NGC 613 to his «New General Catalogue» published in 1888. [313]

Physical Properties

Revised+Historic NGC/IC, Version 22/9, © Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
DesignationNGC 613
TypeGx (SBbc)
Right Ascension (J2000.0)01h 34m 18.4s
Declination (J2000.0)-29° 25' 07"
Diameter5.5 × 4.2 arcmin
Photographic (blue) magnitude10.7 mag
Visual magnitude10.1 mag
Surface brightness13.3 mag·arcmin-2
Position Angle120°
Distance derived from z20.87 Mpc
Metric Distance25.130 Mpc
Dreyer DescriptionvB, vL, vmE 118°, sbM, * 10 nf
Identification, RemarksESO 413-11, MCG -5-4-44, VV 824, AM 0132-294, IRAS 01319-2940

Finder Chart

The galaxy NGC 613 lies in the constellation Sculptor deep in the south at a declination of about -29° nearby the 5.6 mag star τ Scl. This forms a horizontal chain with three other stars of seventh to eighth magnitude, which is conspicuous in a wide-field eyepiece with a field of view of at least 1°. North of it lies the galaxy. The best viewing time is September to November when it is highest above the southern horizon.

Finder Chart Galaxy NGC 613
Galaxy NGC 613 in constellation Sculptor. 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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