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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 14:8:2.9
Visual Magnitude: 11.7
Discoverer: Herschel J.
Year of discovery: 1837
Discovery aperture: 18.3
Summary description: F, R, * 8 s nr
NGC 5488 = IC 4375. JH's position in the CGH Observations is crude (14 01+-,
122 50+- for 1830.0), yet he gave it in GC to his usual precision of 0.1
seconds and 0.1 arcseconds. He did list the number of observations as "1::",
but this did not make it to the NGC. Dreyer did his usual rounding, too, so
the NGC position is apparently nomally accurate to one or two arcminutes.
The only reason we can be fairly sure about the identification is JH's note
"near and to the north of a * 8 m." The star is there, and Stewart also
comments on it: "cB,[sic] * sp" (I think the comma is a typo). In any event,
there is nothing at JH's position, and the identity with the IC object is
18" (5/16/09): fairly faint, moderately large, very elongated 7:2 SSW-NNE, 1.8'x0.5', bright core with much fainter extensions. Located close north of mag 9 star HD 123387 (1.2' between centers) that detracts from viewing. The major axis of the galaxy is nearly collinear with the star.