(IAAC) Obj: NGC3242 'Ghost of Jupiter' - Inst: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200

Observation Poster: Jim Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>
Observer: Jim Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 04052002 / 23:05EST
Location of site: Bigwoods, NC (Lat 35:46, Elev 250')
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7/10 <10-1 Seeing Scale (1 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200
Magnification: 254X, 508X
Filter(s): O-111
Object(s): NGC3242 'Ghost of Jupiter'
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 4(3b)
Constellation: Hya
Data: mag PNe  size 40.0" X 35.0"
Position: RA 10:24.8  DEC -18:38.2
254X-Ngc3242 is a small fairly bright bluish spot. It blinks strongly
confirming that it's a planetary nebula. Central star not detected.
508X-Ngc3242 is a small bright blue disk with just a hint of oval structure
near the center. Central star was not detected. Detail is difficult due to the
light polution at this site. The O-111 filter does not help very much. It is still just a washed out fuzzy spot.
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