March 17/18, 1980
103aO + GG385
The luminosity gradient of NGC 2888 is shallow enough in its
outer envelope to put the classification at the border between the
morphological boxes of the E, E/S0, or even S0 types. On the original
plate the faint envelope can be traced to the position of the bright
star to the right of the galaxy in the print here. The classification
of E1 in the RC2 is based on a Mount Wilson 100-inch plate on which
the outer envelope is not visible.
Type (E2-3) on this plate (underexposed) rejected.
Near plate edge.
Overexposed center, bright lens, faint extended corona.
Galactic diffuse nebula superposed. Several small galaxies south-following.
=ESO 434- G 02
largest and brightest in cluster
Small, bright nucleus. Poorly resolved. Star at 15 arcsec south.