Robert Grant Aitken

Obituary: MNRAS 112, 271 (1952); PASP 64, 5 (1952)

Using Lick Observatory's 12" Clark-Refractor Aitken discoverd the Planetary Nebula IC 3568. While examinig Comet Borrelly-Brooks he found, that BD +83 357 in Camelopardalis is surrounded by a small circular nebula. This was confirmed with the 36" Refractor the next night. IC 3568 was misclassified as a compact galaxy UGC 7731 in the Uppsala General Catalogue. The 12" was replaced in its dome by the 40" Nickel-Reflector in 1980.

D N NI Y M D Ap I T Con Type S Author Title Source
1 I 3568 1900 8 31 12,0 Rr v CAM PN 3 Aitken, R.  A New Planetary Nebula  PASP 12, 198 (1900)

Lick Observatory with 36" and 12" Refractor