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NGC 6803

NGC 6803, HD 183889, PK 046-04 1, PN VV 232, PN VV' 499, PN G046.4-04.1

RA: 19h 31m 16.49s
Dec: +10° 03′ 21.9″

Con: Aquila
Ch: MSA:1244, U2:207, SA:16


(reference key)

Type: planetary nebula

Mag: B=12.7, V=15.2

Size: ?
PA: ?

Historical observations

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

This planetary nebula was discovered by Pickering, and is described in the NGC as "stellar."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 11.5 mag planetary nebula.

Modern observations

Hartung, E.J. (1968) Astron.Obj.South.Tel

Hartung notes that "the image of this planetary is star like, showing a tiny disk only with high magnification. With two stars it forms an acute triangle 2' long."

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes that he could not find this nebula using a 4-inch refractor while just sweeping the area. He adds that since its disc is only 5 arcseconds, it may not have been recognized as different from a star.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, very, very small and round at 200X. More power helps a little, but not much. The planetary has about a 3 arc second disk. This tiny disk demands a steady night and a very precise star chart."

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the e-version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "11M; 4" diameter! very small and tough; with 14M center star; planetary N6804 (13M; 1' diameter) 50' S and a little E; GOOD LUCK! if you can see both of these zombies with an 8-in. telescope, you're a real astronomer!."

Brian Skiff

= HD183889

15cm - ident @ 80x w/o filt, seems sl lgr than *. UHC enhancement strong, [OIII]

dramatic. 325x: prob 3" diam, cen * vis w/averted vis, m13.5-14 at 80x.

total m11.5 or so, or 0.3 mag fntr than * 2' N. BS, 30Jun1989, Anderson


25cm - m11.5, *ar. BS.

30cm - S of m11.2 *. 4"-5" diam. *ar center w/VERY sl outer halo. m13.5 * NNW.

CBL, Roof.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

2010 June 12

Location: Polokwane

16-inch f/10 SCT (127x 290x 462x)

In this busy star field the planetary pops out immediately. With the use of a 0111 (oxygen filter) it was obvious. No detail could be seen on the frosted dot.

(no date)

Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (218x)

This nebula appears star like when I did see it at the end of day. With averted vision it come and go against a very busy faint star field. It looks somewhat around with a soft envelope.

Richard Ford

2011 April, 30th, Saturday


Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.

Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible on the horizon.

Transparency of the Sky:Haziness only visible on the horizon.

Seeing:Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Limiting Magnitude:4.9.

NGC 6803


Object Type:Globular Cluster.

First Impression:This object looks like a globular cluster.



Chart Number:No.12(Extract taken out of "Atlas of the Night Sky").

Size:9mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:15'/8= 1.8'.

7mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:15'/7.5= 2.0'.

1.8'+ 2.0'= 3.8'.

3.8'+ 2= 1.9'.

Size in Arc Minutes:1.9'.


Major Axis:1.9'.

1.9'/3= 0.6'.

Minor Axis:0.6'.

Planetary Nebula is 1.9'* 0.6'.

Brightness:Magnitude 11.3.

Brightness Profile:The nucleus of this planetary nebula is slightly brighter than the outskirts of it.

Challenge Rating:Very Difficult.



This planetary nebula is seen as a slightly oval pale green blur of light at both 167* and 214*.This nebula almost has a slight annular shape and is well defined.

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