Basic object information

Object name: NGC 2903
Object type: Galaxy
Magnitude: 8.8
Size: 12.6'x6.0'
Position angle: 17
Object classification: SBbc
Description: cB,vL,E,gmbM,r,sp of 2
Notes: H I 56;short B nucleus bar;fine multi arm spiral

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 09h 32m 12.0s
Dec (J2000.0): +21 30' 00"

Constellation: Leo

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Härskiänsaari, Ruokolahti, Finland
Date/Time: 9/10.3.2005 21:45

Telescope: Newton 406/1830 mm

Magn: 244x


Field: 12'

NE Lim.mag: 6.3

Background sky: 3

Seeing: 2

Height: 50
Visuality: I
Weather: -15C, strong northern wind

This is one of the brightest non-Messier galaxies. Overview doesn't bare much, only the brightest parts are visible. The core is quite small, elongated and bright. There are brighter areas on the both ends of central bar; the southern one is a bit brighter and sharper. Spiral arms are difficult, but they are detectable with averted vision at 244x. Actually just inner arms are visible in these conditions.