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(IAAC) Obj: NGC3242 - Inst: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200



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Observation Poster: Jim Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>
Observer: Jim Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 03162001-22:00EST
Location of site: Bladen Lake, NC (Lat 34:43, Elev 100')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 6/10 <10-1 Seeing Scale (1 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200
Magnification: 117X, 203X, 314X
Filter(s): None-O-III
Object(s): NGC3242
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 4(3b)
Constellation: Hyd
Data: mag 7.8v  size 40" x 35"
Position: RA 10:24.8  DEC -18:38
Description:
'The Ghost of Jupiter'
117X - A bright blue-green spot. O-III blinking shows it to be a PNe. The central sta is visable.
203X - A bright fat (oblate) oval with a bright central star. The star appears as a disk, not a point? The ansi look a little brighter than the remainder of the disk. There is a hint of annularity.
314X - The Disk appears some dimmer, but the brighter areas in the ansi shows very well, the central star is well seen, but with seeing deteroating, the CS appears as a fuzzball, not sharp. There is a well defined anularity that's more than 1/2 as wide as the disk. The elongation and anular ring with the central star in it's center give a strong illusion of an 'EYE'
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