NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort
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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 9:44:0.0
Discoverer: Herschel J.
Year of discovery: 1837
Discovery aperture: 18.3
Summary description: Cl, P, lC
NGC 2995 appears to be a clump of stars roughly 20-25 arcmin across centered
about 10 arcmin north of JH's position. His description reads "Cluster VIII
class, at least 20 sts 11 m and upwards, and many smaller." This is what we
see on the IIIa-J plate, though I doubt that it is a real cluster.
That was how I described the "cluster" in 1997. Looking at it again in May of
2014, I see a much smaller clump (8' x 5') centered at much the same place.
There are possible extensions north and east to a size of roughly 20' x 20',
much the same as I previously saw, but centered at 09 43 50, -54 33.2 (2000).
This time around, I am happier with the smaller "cluster", so that is the one
that I've put into the table. This clearly needs visual confirmation.
JH, by the way, adds "fully [qualified?] to be called a cluster" in his sweep
(784 on 5 April 1837). He uses similar phrases now and then for other
clusters about which he apparently has some nagging doubt. In this case, the
doubt is evident.