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NGC 2283

NGC 2283, IC 2171, Ced 86, DG 111, ESO 557-13, LEDA 19562, MCG-03-18-002, SGC 064341-1809.4, III 271, GC 1452

RA: 06h 45m 53.2s
Dec: −18° 12′ 38″

Con: Canis Major
Ch: MSA:322, U2:318, SA:12

Ref: SIMBAD, Corwin

(reference key)

Type: galaxy, Sc

Mag: B=12.9, V=?

Size: 3.548′ x 2.57′
PA: 2°

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 2283 may also be IC 2171, which see.

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H III-271

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "3 or 4 small stars with nebulosity, vF, verified with 240 power."

Published comments

Cederblad, S. (1946) [VII/231]

Ced 86 (NGC 2283)

Position (1900): RA 6 41.5, Dec - 18 6

Star: Anon (Mp=12.:, V=12. :)

Spectrum of nebula: (not classified)

Classification: Neb associated with mainly one star (which may be multiple) - star surrounded by a neb envelope without conspicuous structure (eg. lambda Scorpii)

Size: (not given)

Notes: "NGC 2283 = GC 1452 = H III 271. Disc. 1785. (114, 578)."

Dorschner & Gürtler (1963)

Untersuchungen uber Reflexionsnebel.

DG 111

= NGC 2283, Ced 86

Pos (1950.0) 06:43.7, −18:09

Size: 2x2 (blue), 2x2 (red).

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,VKNY,RI*FIELD.


Burnham calls this 12.8 mag spiral galaxy in Canis Major, 1' x 1', which is small, faint and brighter in the middle.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 17.5" f/4.5, notes: "Small, very faint, somewhat brighter middle, marked as EN on Skalnate Pleso Atlas."

Brian Skiff

ESO: pa2.

ESO-LV: pa163.

Lick: 4' diam (25cm) too big.

13cm - spot vis at 60x w/two m12 *s on NE & NW. bad seeing. BS, 10Jan1984, USNO.

15cm - not vis. BS, 6Nov1980, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - f @ 50x. lies mostly S of two m11.5 *s; *s touch neb on NE & NW. nrly circ, 4' diam. sl cen conden, poss a vf * nr center. BS, 6Nov1980, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - mod br, mod concen. m13.5 * on S edge, m13.5 * on N edge. bad seeing. BS, 10Jan1984, USNO.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

2006 November 20


16-inch f/10 SCT (127x, 290x, 463x)

Small quite round haze with a minute star touching the southern edge. A few stars in the field can be seen to the NE to NW. The NW side looks slightly more condensed which indicate to me that the core is maybe a little off center and maybe slightly elongated in a N-S direction in higher power 490x. Soft in nebulosity around the edges of the galaxy.

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