NGC 3242 (Ghost of Jupiter)

NGC 3242 (Ghost of Jupiter)

NGC 3242 is a planetary nebula known as the Ghost of Jupiter due to its simular size to the planet. Its distance is around 4800 light years in the constellation of Hydra.

NGC 3242 shows several layers of past outbursts, including the faint blue outer halo. A couple of faint background galaxies are close to the planetary.

A very faint extended blue / red nebulosity is a separate object (left) that could be nebulosity energized by the ultra violet radiation from the white dwarf of  NGC 3242.

F. O.V.       40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.    S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Dates.   26 x 600 sec. + 15 x 240 sec.  March 2020.

Location.   (Wiruna) N.S.W.