NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort
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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 10:48:16.9
Visual Magnitude: 15.5
Discoverer: Herschel J.
Year of discovery: 1830
Discovery aperture: 18.3
Summary description: eF, eS
NGC 3387 is a triple star. See NGC 3386 for the story.
24" (3/22/14): at 375x a faint unequal double star at 7" separation was resolved. The brighter component on the SW side is mag 14.2 and the fainter component is mag ~15.5. Although sometimes the pair was cleanly resolved into two sharp points, when the seeing was softer the fainter component appeared as a vague, dim spot so I can see how John Herschel might have called this pair a "suspected nebula". Located 2.1' SE of NGC 3386 and 2.7' NNE of NGC 3385.