|NGC 7242: Elliptical Galaxy (Lacerta) RA: 22h 15.7m / DEC: +37° 18'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This is an interesting object in the 10-inch. NGC 7242 is conveniently located 27' due south of 4.1 magnitude 1 Lacertae. NGC 7242 is as a 13.9 magnitude elliptical galaxy, according to the RC3. I was surprised to see this as a two distinct objects at 190X in the 10-inch Starfinder. The southern component occupies a 45"x30" area. A 13th magnitude GSC is visible adjacent to the southern section. The northern component is somewhat larger at 60" in diameter. A check of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) reveals NGC 7242 to be a galaxy pair, designated NED 01 and NED 02. I suspect that to be the case.
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