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]

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.

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]

Visual Observation

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145SIMBAD astronomical database;
147Aladin Lite; (2020-12-23)
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
548«Extragalactic Nebulae Close to the Galactic Plane» Erika Böhm-Vitense; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 68, Number 404, 1956; DOI:10.1086/126966