Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dumbbell Nebula (M27)

The Dumbbell Nebula, classified, Messier 27, is another planetary nebula 1,360 light years away in the constellation Vulpecula.  This is a popular target for amateur astronomers since it is easily identified in most smaller telescopes and even binoculars in the summer skies directly above our heads in the mid latitudes.  The nebulosity, which is the visible part of Messier 27, was created from the central star visible in this image when the star expend the hydrogen fuel at its core (Jacobsen 2010-2013,

5min X 18
Camera: QHY8 F/7
Telescope: Celestron 11" Edge HD guided
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Location: Fort Davis, TX (Zodiac Ranch)
Dates: Early morning, August 2, 2013

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