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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:54 PM

I made an observation of the Ghost of Jupiter (NGC 3242) in Hydra on February 19, 2009 (05:15 U.T.) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain at 78x (inset image at 352x) under average to good seeing conditions (5-7/10). The Ghost of Jupiter lies approximately 1,400 light years from the Sun. This planetary nebula has a shape that reminds an observer of the planet Jupiter where it gets it's nickname from. The Ghost of Jupiter exhibits a bluish color as noted. At higher magnification (352x) the inner shell of the nebula has an elliptical shape with a central "eye" and an outer diffuse shell. This is one of my favorite planetary nebulas to observe.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

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http://www.hawastsoc.../hya/index.html
http://www.astrosurf...hue/ngc3242.htm
http://zuserver2.sta...d/ap051029.html

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 09:29 PM

bloody fantastic sketch. You really captured exactly how it looks at the eyepiece, colour and all. Best rendition of the Ghost of Jupiter I've seen.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:59 PM

Carlos,

Very impressive dual sketch. :bow:
I would like this one as much as the Eskimo if it was just a little higher in my sky. I like the way you rendered it in full color. :rainbow:

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:31 PM

Wow! great sketch of this spooky dso.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:04 PM

Thank you all for the compliment on my Ghost of Jupiter observation. This is one of my favorite DSO's to observe. I have been fortunate to have observed it through a 30-inch Dobsonian reflector at the Winter Star Party some time ago. The best of luck to you all in your own observations.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:38 PM

Excellent observation and rendering Carlos.

Thanks,

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:42 PM

Sol,

Thank you for the compliment on my Ghost of Jupiter observation. As you may note no Great Red Spot was visible! I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:41 PM

Carlos,

Wow! Isn't that a mighty sketch!

The difference between low and high magnification is very well displayed. :bow:

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:14 PM

Carlos,

Just a super job, done well enough that if I can get out between the head cold and aches and the clouds this week, I would have it on my observation list. Thanks for showing it with such detail.

Have you ever looked on NGC 2440? Though not as bright I think it is truly wonderful at high magnification.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:05 PM

Very nice sketches and arrangement on a neat object. Roland

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:10 PM

I've never seen this object, that is really fascinating how it looks spherical at low magnification and "eye" like at high magnification.

Thanks for sharing! I may have to look for it the next time I'm out (whenever that may be...though we need the rain so I'm not going to complain too loudly). :lol:

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:49 AM

Jay, Jim, Roland, and Rony

Thank you all for the compliments on my Ghost of Jupiter observation. This planetary nebula is fascinating. It glows within the constellation Hydra as a bluish green orb but at higher magnification displays the appearance of an eye.

Jay- I have not observed NGC 2440 in Puppis yet. This appears to be an interesting planetary nebula as well. I will have to review it soon.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 08:05 AM

Nice drawing of this show piece planetary nebula. When the seeing is steady, it looks just like your drawing at 375X through my 10-inch.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:59 PM

Taras,

Thank you for the compliment on my Ghost of Jupiter observation. It is one of my favorite planetary nebula to observe. I look forward to your excellent observations on this forum in the future.

Carlos

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:05 PM

Carlos, excellent observation and sketches. And a very interesting report to go with it.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 05:54 PM

Erika,

Thank you for the compliment on my Ghost of Jupiter observation. I enjoyed observing this impressive planetary nebula. I look forward to your excellent observations in the future.

Carlos






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