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RA: 23h 54m 16.5s
Dec: −13° 35′ 12″
Ch: MSA:1327, U2:260, SA:17
Ref: NGC/IC, Corwin (2004)
Type: galaxy, Sa
Mag: B=15.4, V=14.5
Size: 0.8′ x 0.2′
NGC 7776 = IC 1514 is another of Ormond Stone's discoveries at Leander- McCormick. Though his nominal position is quite poor (1.5 minutes of time off in RA and nearly 12 arcmin in Dec), he has left us a sketch showing the nebula and two nearby stars. The brighter of the stars is just outside of the nominal field diameter, but is nevertheless found on the sky where Stone placed it on the sketch.
This clearly identifies his nebula as the same one that Johann Palisa found and measured accurately seven years later in September of 1893. Even though Palisa did not have a precise position for his comparison star, the position he published is quite accurate. So, there is no doubt about the identity of the galaxy he measured.
Clinching the identity, Palisa noted an eccentric nucleus, and Stone's sketch shows that same offset nucleus.
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.
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