We report on the serendipitous discovery of a new X-ray source, SAX J1802.7-2017, ~ 22' away from the bright X-ray source GX 9+l, during a BeppoSAX observation of the latter source on 2001 September 16-20.
The source was outside the FOV of the BeppoSAX/ LECS. We have verified its presence in both the MECS2 and MECS3 images, which probably excludes that this was a ghost image of a source outside the MECS FOV. Moreover, we can be sure that the source was within the PDS FOV. because the source X-ray pulsations were detected also in the PDS data (see below). We searched for known X-ray sources in a circular region of 30' centered at GX 9+1 in the SIMBAD data base. We found no known sources with a position compatible with that of the faint source; we therefore designate this serendipitous source as SAX J1802.7 2017.