(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3242 - "Ghost of Jupiter" - Inst: 8" f/10 Ultima 8 PEC SCT, 80mm Mak f/10

Observer: Adam Albino
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: UTC: 1998/02/28  01:50
Location of site: Norwell, MA (Lat 42m 16.9s, Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.2 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" f/10 Ultima 8 PEC SCT, 80mm Mak f/10
Magnification: 101, 127, 169
Filter(s): UHC, NONE
Object(s): NGC 3242 - "Ghost of Jupiter"
Category: Planetary nebula
Constellation: Hydra
Data: mag 8.6  size 40"X35" 
Position: RA 10:24.8  DEC -18:38
Round, bright, with soft iridescent blue green glow. No real "ring"
formation seen. Solid "ball" Structure.
Skiff and Luginbuhl see some brightening on the NW side as well as
some elongation (oval in shape).
I did not see this with the 8", although at higher powers I felt the
edges were not as sharp. Interestingly I felt that the Mag. of the
object was much higher then stated - easily 7.5. Very nice break from
all those faint fuzzy galaxies nearby!
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