NGC 242 - Open Cluster in Tucana
NGC 242 is a Open Cluster in the Tucana constellation. NGC 242 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
See also NGC 242 rise and set times.
Given its B magnitude of 12.1, NGC 242 is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
Photometric information of NGC 242
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 242 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).
For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.
Apparent size of NGC 242The following table reports NGC 242 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 242 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 242
The image below is a photograph of NGC 242 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 242
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 242 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 242 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.