Basic object information
Name: NGC 3242
Type of object: Planetary nebula
Magnitude: 8.6
Size: 40.0"x35.0"
Magnitude of central star: 11.0
Object classification: 4(3b)
Description: ! vB,lE 147,45" d,blue
Notes: Ghost of Jupiter,PK261+32.1

Catalog position for epoch J2000.0
Right ascension: 10h 24m 48.6s
Declination: -18 38' 14"

Constellation: Hydra

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain
Date/Time: 15/16.4.2004 0:50

Telescope: Newton 110/805mm

Magn: 214x


Field: 15'

NE Lim.mag: 5,5

Background sky: 4

Seeing: 3

Height: 35
Visuality: II

Weather: +17˚C, windy

Bright planetary. Some ring structure was detachable. No central star visible.