and comparators - the last being very useful for the detection of minor planets. Abbe, a long-time collaborator and friend of Carl Zeiss {see planet (851)}, secured considerable financial support for the University of Jena from the Zeiss foundation. The minor planet is being named on the occasion of the first meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft in the {eastern part of the} reunited Germany. (M 20839) Abbe is also honored by a lunar crater.

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