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WARNER OBSERVATORY,
ROCHESTER, N.Y.,
U.S.A.

Aug. 21 '92

Dear Sir

      Yours of Aug 19 is received. I examined Jupiter last eve & its surroundings & saw nothing but it always accompanied ghost of which there are 2 or 3 kinds. The most usual kind is caused as follows. When you look at Jupiter probably 99/100 of the light enters your eye & depicts in its retina the image of Jupiter but a little of it strikes your eyeball & is reflected to the eye lens & again reflected to the eye which appears when viewing bright objects as a ghost. I am inclined to think this was not the kind that deceived you. Changing eye piece shows that it was not guilty. Had you rotated the objective you would have found I think that the ghost would do the same.

The cause is not clear to me. I well remember how I got deceived when I began to use a telescope on Jupiter. I was certain it was a comet & that it was revolving around the planet & I had Dr. Gould & all the astronomers at Harvard trying to find it. I saw it for 2 or 3 nights & mornings. I then wiped the objective & my comet was gone. I think yours will too. Any way watch it & see what it will turn out to be.

Yours truly         Lewis Swift.

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Year: 
1892
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2