Little Dumb­bell Neb­ula (M76)

Dec. 2021 | Blog, France, Nebulae

I first imaged the plan­et­ary Neb­ula Messi­er 76 (M76, NGC 650/​651) in Decem­ber 2010. There are many objects which looks easy to pro­cess, but are pretty demand­ing. M76 is one of these, spe­cially because of the high dynam­ic range between the main body and the “wings”. This is the reas­on why I decided to revis­it M76. Luck­ily we had a peri­od of very good see­ing November/​December 2021 and thanks to the bright­ness of the object, I was able to take nar­row­band images dur­ing moon nights.

The image is a com­bin­a­tion of a long exposed nar­row­band images (Hal­pha 5nm/​OIII 3nm) of the plan­et­ary neb­ula with short­er exposed RGB data of the star field.

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About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.