Dumb­bell Neb­ula (M27)

Dumbbell Nebula M27 Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Although no star in Vulpec­ula shines bright­er than mag­nitude 4.4, this sum­mer con­stall­a­tion does boast the most fam­ous of plan­et­ary neb­u­lae, M27, the Dumb­bell Neb­ula. Dis­covered by Messi­er in 1764, the Dumb­bell got its nick­name much later from its resemb­lance to a bodybuilder’s hand weight. M27 is one of the closer plan­et­ar­ies (815 light years away), and its phys­ic­al dia­met­er of 1.2 light years also makes it one of the larger.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]

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RCOS 14.5” f/​8
ASA DDM85
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
HaOIIIR­GB 440:440:260:220:220 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Dumb­bell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula (M27) Sky ChartAstrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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