NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort

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Basic Information

Location and Magnitude

Right Ascension: 10:43:32.6
Declination: -23:11:36
Constellation: HYA
Visual Magnitude:

Historic Information

Discoverer: Langley
Year of discovery: 1866
Discovery aperture: 15.0


Summary description: Neb, no description
Sub-type: NF

Corwin's Notes

===== NGC 3355 could be any of a number of galaxies scattered over a 3x3 degree area near the nominal position. Found by S. P. Langley with Harvard's 15-inch refractor in April of 1866, he noted the position as "approximate." He was looking for Biela's comet at the time, so apparently recorded only a crude position for his nebula. ESO and SGC took the large late-type galaxy ESO 501-G079 as the most likely candidate, but this has a very low surface brightness and would be difficult to see in a long-focus telescope. A more likely candidate is ESO 501-G080, a "normal" early-type object with a surface brightness two magnitudes brighter than G079. Langley's position, however, does not fall very close to either object, so without further information from the historical record, these identifications can be no more than suggestions.