NGC 3242 Ghost of Jupiter

NGC 3242 Ghost of Jupiter

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NGC 3242 is a bright planetary nebula easily found just south of SAO 155980, a relatively bight magnitude 3.8 star in the constellation Hydra. The nebula has a distinct bluish hue that is readily seen through a C-14 and a medium power eyepiece. NGC 3242 is nicknamed "The Ghost of Jupiter" perhaps because it shares a vaguely similar shape with the planet. The white dwarf star residing in its center threw off its outer layer to form the nebula that we now see.

Coordinates       :

Hydra 10h 25' -18deg 41'

Date Imaged       :

March 26, 2008

Lens       :

C-14 f/11

Camera       :

ST10XME, Astrodon filters

Exposure       :

3.5 hours

Filter       :

LRGB = 120:30:30:30 seconds

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines