Lewis Swift

 

Orbituary: MNRAS 73, 219 (1913); AN 194, 133 (1913)

Lewis Swift discovered 598 NGC- and 581 IC-objects; 522 NGC- and 546 IC-objects were new. He mainly observed with the 16" Refractor at Warner Observatory, Rochester, which was later installed on Echo Mountain, California. The dataset is too large to be presented here. It is available as excel file. 7 objects were found with smaller telescopes (see table below). The 4.5" refractor was his private telescope, already purchased in 1857. With it, some interesting objects were seen, like the Merope Nebula and the Rosette Nebula. The 12" refractor is that at Lick Observatory, used by Swift when visiting Barnard in 1889.

D N NI Y M D Ap I T Discoverer Observer Name Con Type S ID Author Title Source List
1 N 1360 1859     4,5 Rr v   Tempel 9.10.1861
Winnecke Jan. 1868
  FOR PN 3   Swift L. The Nebulae  Sid. Mess. IV, 36-43 (1885)  
  N 1435 1874     4,5 Rr v Tempel 19.10.1859   Merope Nebula TAU RN 2   Swift L. The Merope Nebulae MNRAS 42, 107 (1882)  
1 N 2237 1865     4,5 Rr v   Barnard 29.1.1883 Rosette Nebula MON EN 2   Swift L. Catalogue No. 2 of Nebulae discovered at the Warner Observatory  AN [2707] 113, 305-310 (1885) 231
1 N 5707 1878     4,5 Rr v       BOO Sab 1   Swift L. Catalogue No. 1 of Nebulae discovered at the Warner Observatory  AN [2683] 112, 313-318 (1885) 136
1 N 6951 1878     4,5 Rr v       CEP SBbc 7 NGC 6952 (Coggia 1877) Swift L. Catalogue No. 2 of Nebulae discovered at the Warner Observatory  AN [2707] 113, 305-310 (1885) 285
1 I 408 1889 2 2 12,0 Rr v       LEP SB0 1 IC 2121 (Swift L. 26.12.1897) Swift L. Catalogue No. 8 of Nebulae discovered at the Warner Observatory  AN [2918] 122, 241-246 (1889) 838
1 I 411 1889 2 2 12,0 Rr v       LEP S0 1   Swift L. Catalogue No. 8 of Nebulae discovered at the Warner Observatory  AN [2918] 122, 241-246 (1889) 839

4.5" Fitz Refractor at Rochester

Warner Observatory, Rochester and 16" Clark Refractor

Lowe Observatory, Echo Mountain

12" Clark Refractor at Lick Observatory

Swift's drawings of the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2337) and the Omega Nebula (M 17), made with the 4.5" refractor