CCD Image of the rather unusual Galaxy NGC 5701 in the Constellation Virgo. The inner parts seem to be a barred Lenticular, while the galaxy is surrounded by a faint ring, with H II regions, similar to the arms of a spiral galaxy. There are two small anonymous galaxies in the image, one is superimposed on NGC 5701.
This is a 12 Minute exposure using an SBIG ST-6 CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20 inch telescope (working at F/4.9). North at top; the field of view is about 9x12.5 arc minutes.
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Small, very bright diffuse nucleus, bright inner lens 0.55x0.55 arc minutes, bright bar 1.3x0.3 arc minutes. Small companion visible between lens and outer ring at 0.9 arc minutes, Southwest (superimposed), .35x.30; companion at 4.1 arc minutes West, approximately 16th magnitude, .5x.12 arc minutes in size.
This galaxy is a nearly face-on SB0/a galaxy with a faint nuclear source and a large, sparse ring of H II regions in the outer disk of the galaxy, well beyond the bar. .....the outer ring region is also faintly visible.......on the POSS plates.
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George Normandin, KAS
August 22nd, 1997