IC 3602
DSS image of IC 3602
Overlaid DSS image of IC 3602, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around IC 3602
PGC 42205, SDSS J123806.79+100456.4

Type  Galaxy
Size  0.263' x 0.211' @ 55°
Right Ascension  12h 38' 7.2"  (2000)
Declination  10° 4' 57" N
Constellation  Virgo
Description  member of gxy group
Classification  dE(d:E)
Observing Notes

Harold Corwin

There are two clear candidates for this object -- a relatively larger, lower surface brightness galaxy preceding Frost's position; and a smaller, more compact object that is the brightest in a quadruple interacting system (this includes the triplet of fainter galaxies preceding the brighter object by about half an arcmin; there are other fainter galaxies in the area, too).

Most of the catalogues have taken the preceding low surface brightness galaxy as the IC object. However, it does not match Frost's description which reads "F, R, lbM, dia = 0.1 arcmin." The preceding object is actually closer to half an arcmin across.

So, while Frost does indeed have objects like it in his list, I don't believe that it was this galaxy that he picked up. Nevertheless, I'm out-voted on this, so have to put a colon on the IC number for the following, more compact galaxy. And I do have to include the preceding galaxy -- but I do so with a question mark firmly attached to the number.
IC Notes by Harold Corwin
Other Data Sources for IC 3602
Nearby objects for IC 3602

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IC 3602