NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort
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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 9:32:36.0
Year of discovery: 1886
Discovery aperture: 26.3
Summary description: No description
NGC 2901 may be one of the galaxies (UGC 5070, 5074, or 5087) just over a
degree south of Stone's especially crude position, estimated during a search
for Winnecke's comet. There is nothing closer to his position that he might
have mistaken as nebulous, unless it is one of the faint double stars in the
area. Wolfgang has taken one of these, but I do not think that it appears
especially non-stellar: One star is 13th magnitude, the other is 16th, and
the two are separated by 16 arcseconds. Not a strong argument against these
particular two stars, I admit, but there are many galaxies within two degrees
of Stone's position that would be better candidates.
Other objects worth a mention include NGC 2918 and CGCG 152-030, and there are
many fainter CGCG galaxies as well. Without seeing Stone's original observing
log, however, I think we are stuck with no viable candidates for this one.
And even if Stone's log has other clues, why did he not pass them on to us?