Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dumbbell Nebula (M27)

At a distance of 1,360 light years away, the Dumbbell Nebula is located in the constellation Vulpecula.  It's more of a summer time object, however, I started imaging this object on August 29, 2014 with a Hydrogen Alpha filter for Luminance and completed a set of images with a red filter.  I wanted to complete the image using green and blue filters, however, the wind and the weather were a factor the next night, so I had to wait until September.  September came around and I was unable to find any clear skies due to tropical storm Odile that was placed over Lubbock, TX.  Yes, you read right, the remains of a tropical storm gave Lubbock 10 inches of rain within a week.  So October finally came around and I was able to complete the image using more Hydrogen Alpha data, red data, and completed the green and blue data on October 16 and 17, 2014.  Processed on Saturday October 18, 2014.

Dumbbell Nebula
(Ha)15min X 12
(R) 10min X 4
(G) 10min X 4
(B) 10min X 4
Camera: QSI683wsg at F/7
Telescope: 11" Edge HD
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Location: Lubbock, TX
Dates: Multiple nights on August 29, 2014, October 16 and 17, 2014.  Imaged over several nights.
Captured with Nebulosity and guided with PHD guiding.
Processed with MaxIm DL 5 and photoshop.

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