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M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

Date: 8/3/2009
Telescope: Vixen ED80Sf
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Exposures: 15x240 seconds @ ISO1600
Location: Mocksville, NC
Temp: 75F
Seeing: 4/5
Transparency: 4/5
Captured in Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.


The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (PN) in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.

This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.