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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hearn

Dumbbell Nebula

This is an LRGB Image of the Dumbbell Nebula M27.

First imaging in a few months as only few hours of Astronomy dark during summer months. This was taken over several nights including the very hot Bank Holiday August weekend.

The Image is 8 Hours of Data, 2 Hours with each Filter, 12 x10 minutes exposure with each, Luminance, Red, Green and Blue. Images are then Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop CS5.

The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Apple Core Nebula, Messier 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1227 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.

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