M27 Dumbbell Nebula

Image information:

Date: 08/24/2006
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW8a and Astronomik type 2c LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 8X4min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 4X3min each binned 2X2.

Object information:

Object designations:

M27, NGC6853, Dumbbell Nebula
Object type:
Planetary nebula
Object size:
8' X 6'
Constellation: Vulpecula
M27 is the first planetary nebula discovered. It is one of the brightest and best known objects of its kind. M27 is nice and easy target for any kind of telescope. Nebula is estimated to be some 3000 - 4000 years old, based on the rate of its expansion. The Dumbbell nebula is viewed from our perspective along the plane of its equator. That's the cause for M27's distinctive dumbbell shape. From the polar plane it would probably look like gaseous ring. M27 is approximately 1300 ly distant with diameter of 3.2 ly.

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