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
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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.

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