Dumbbell Nebula

3. Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27  RA: 19h 59.6'  Dec: +22 43'   Vulpecula (Vul)

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The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as the Apple Core Nebula, Messier 27, and NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (nebulosity surrounding a white dwarf) in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1360 light-years. It was the first such nebula to be discovered, by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars and is a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.

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Location Miller Lake ON
Date Aug 17 2012
Optics AstroTech AT8IN
Filters Baader MPCC
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 800
Subexposures 13
Exposure Length 180
Guider WO Zenithstar 66/ST-4

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