Antilhue - Chile

NGC 3242 - Ghost of Jupiter
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Image Data

Designation NGC 3242,  Bennett 45,  Best 57,  Caldwell 59,  Ghost of Jupiter
Object type Planetary Nebula
Coordinates 10 h 25 min    - 18° 38'   (Hya)
Description NGC 3242  is also called the  "Ghost of Jupiter" .  It is a planetary nebula located in western Hydra, 1.6° north of Mu Hydrae.  Dreyer calls it very bright (mag 9),  irregularly elongated in position angle 147° and shining with a blue color.  He gave its size as 45".  Others give it as 35"x40".

The field of view is  15 x 10 arcminutes with north to the lower right.

Exposure LRGB 30:12:12:12 min @ -15°C ;  all exposures 3 min unbinned
Camera SBIG ST-10XE with Astrodon filterset  -  selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta, Registar,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 04Apr2005 @ 02:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 7-8,  Seeing 6, Temperature  + 14°C