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NGC 6903

NGC 6903, ESO 596-29, LEDA 64607, MCG-03-52-003, SGC 202052-1929.2, h 2073, GC 4570

RA: 20h 23m 44.9s
Dec: −19° 19′ 28″

Con: Capricornus
Ch: MSA:1361, U2:343, SA:23


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, E/S0

Mag: B=12.51, V=?

Size: 2.454′ x 2.29′
PA: 176°

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads E,R,BM,PEC),*ORCOMNR.

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 21 (1920)

pB, S, R, mbM, ? globular nebula. A faint star just to the s. and a B. star is n.f.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Faint, small, elongated 2X1 in PA 45, somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X. A 10th mag star is on the NE edge."

Brian Skiff

15cm - what the catalogues don't tell is that there's a m11.5 * right on the

galaxy---right on the ecliptic, too, so possibly an asteroid. [Nope,

checked using ELGB's PLAST8 file June 1992. -BS] gx lies SSW of *,

spreads around it to 1'.2 diam. stronf even concen @ 140x to sm non*ar

center. can't tell much else due to *. BS, 8Sep1991, Anderson Mesa.

Contemporary observations

Magda Streicher

2006 August 18


12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 218x, 346x)

Easy seen, as a round glow, which is quite outstanding against the star field. Just slightly brighter nucleus, which does not show a boundary but not to small. A star of more or less 10Magnitude is situated on the northern hazy edge. The lovely string of very faint stars, string away to the north of the galaxy bare attention. A few bright stars can be seen to the south in the field of view.

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