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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 10:40:28.2
Visual Magnitude: 12.3
Discoverer: Herschel W.
Year of discovery: 1796
Discovery aperture: 18.7
Summary description: vF, S, lE 130°
NGC 3332 = NGC 3342 (which see) is probably the galaxy measured by Schoenfeld
and Vogel, and mentioned in the notes to the GC Supplement by Dreyer. WH's
first observation for H I 272 was referred to Uranus (his "Georgian Planet")
and reduces to a place several arcmin away from the galaxy. But it is the
only one in the area bright enough that he could have seen it, and the
description fits as well.
The galaxy is also number (24) in David Todd's list published as part of his
search for "the trans-Neptunian" planet (see NGC 3604 for more on this). His
sketch matches the sky very well, but his position, like WH's, is not very
good. This must be one of the Todd objects for which Dreyer suspected an
identity with a known nebula, as he does not mention Todd's observation of
17.5" (3/22/96): fairly faint, fairly small, round, 0.8' diameter. Even concentration to a brighter core and a nearly stellar nucleus. A mag 11.5-12 star is 1.2' SE of center.