Planetary Nebula BV 5-3

Böhm-Vitense 5-3
Böhm-Vitense 5-3: Section of the DSS2 [147]


In 1956 the German-American astronomer Erika Böhm-Vitense discovered three new planetary nebulae during a study of extragalactic nebulae at Lick Observatory. This nebula here was the third listed in table V of her publication, hence the designations Böhm Vitense 5-3, BV 5-3, or also sometimes just BV 3. The other ones on this list were BV 5-1 and BV 5-2. [548]

Physical Properties

According to Simbad the magnitudes measured in different bands are: B 10.3, V 10.3. [145]

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
DesignationsPN G131.4-05.4: BV 5-3, PK 131-05.1, ARO 203
Right Ascension (J2000.0)01h 53m 02s
Declination (J2000.0)+56° 24' 22"
Dimensions 24." : (optical)
Radial Velocity-59.0 km/s ± 25.0 km/s
C-Star Magnitude18. mag (B filter)
DiscovererBOHM-VITENSE 1956

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Böhm-Vitense 5-3 can be found in the constellation Perseus. The object is circumpolar, but from August to March it is highest in the sky and best for observing.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula BV 5-3
Planetary Nebula BV 5-3 in constellation Perseus. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

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