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The Dumbbell Nebula (2015)

M 27, RGB

June 27th, 2015

The Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula is a large planetary nebula. William Hershcel coined the term “planetary” because he thought that they looked like planets in his telescope. In fact, a planetary nebula is a star, shedding its outer layers, which interact and become ionized, giving off light. The Dumbbell Nebula was the first planetary nebula to be discovered. It was found by Charles Messier in 1764.

This is a very easy target, which is why I chose to shoot it from my red zone location.

Telescope: Orion ED80
Mount: iOptron ZEQ25gt
Camera: Unmodded T3i
Guiding: Orion SSAG
Filters: Baader 1.25″ UHC-S
Integration time: Total 2hrs. 45min., 300s expos. ISO 100
Sofware: PHD, DSS, PS, Gradient Xterminator, HLVG, Carboni’s tools.

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