(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3242 (Ghost of Jupiter) - Inst: 120mm f/8.3 refractor

Observation Poster: Diego González <digonzalz@gmail.com>
Observer: Diego González
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 6-May-2005 23:18 UT
Location of site: Asturias, Spain (Lat 43º N, Elev 300m)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 120mm f/8.3 refractor
Magnification: 31x, 50x, 80x, 100x, 167x
Filter(s): Astronomik UHC
Object(s): NGC 3242 (Ghost of Jupiter)
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Hya
Data: mag 8.8  size 40"x35"
Position: RA 10:25  DEC -18:38
This bright planetary nebula appeared in the eyepiece moving the telescope almost
2º south of the star Mu Hydrae. Using the 32mm eyepiece (31x) it can be easily 
identificated as an unfocused star with a pale blue-green color. With 100x and UHC
filter an inner brighter zone is visible. Good view with 167x, but I can't see 
much detail due to bad seeing. 
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