Dumbbell Nebula, M27
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M27, Dumbbell Nebula in constellation Vulpecula
Cataloged as NGC 6853
Planetary Nebula. Perhaps the finest planetary nebula in the sky, and was the first planetary nebula ever discovered.
Distance: 1200 light years
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 24 Subexposures at 10 minutes each of 6 luminance, 6 Red, 6 Green, & 6 Blue for a total
exposure time of 4 hours.
Date: May 2008
Software: Camera, mount, and guider control - CCD Commander & MaximDL, calibration and stacking - CCDStack, further processing in Photoshop CS4.