NGC 2742 is a spiral galaxy in the Constellation of Ursa Major that is seen at an angle of about 45 degrees. Based on the published red shift, (Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for NGC 2742 is 68 million light years, with a diameter of about 59,200 light years.
Quote from The
Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:
"Small, bright nucleus; several filamentary, knotty arms."
Dreyer's description from the New General Catalog(NGC): "Considerably bright, considerably large, extended 90°, easily resolvable."
The bright star at the upper right is SAO 14765; at 7.7 magnitude, it is just a little too dim to be seen by the unaided eye. The cross shape in the image is an artifact called “diffraction spikes”. They are caused by the vanes (sometimes called a "spider") that hold the telescope’s secondary mirror.
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George Normandin, KAS
March 10th, 2001