Overlaid DSS image of IC 5385, 60' x 60' with north at top and west to the right
|Magnitude ||Right Ascension ||0h 6' 23.8" (2000)|
|Declination ||0° 4' 36" S|
IC 5385 is lost, at least for now. It was seen once by Herbert Howe on 27 Dec 1894, but he did not have time to micrometrically measure its position. So, it -- along with three other nebulae that he found in 1894 and 1895 (IC 1564, 1567, and 5278) -- has only an approximate position along with a sketchy description, "eF, prob. S".
Unlike the other three nebulae, though, there is no trace of IC 5385 near Howe's approximate position. The other three, assuming the identifications I've adopted are correct, are within 22 seconds of time and 7 arcmin of Howe's nominal positions. The closest galaxy of magnitude similar to the others (about V = 13.5-14) is well over a degree away, and does not have a position error suggestive of a simple digit mistake.
Perhaps larger digit errors might yeild a candidate. A search at 1, 2, and 10 degrees is in order here, and 1 and 2 hours as well.
2 objects found within 120'
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