Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

221,538 subscribers and counting ...

Dumbbell Nebula

Tom Wildoner got this great shot of the Dumbbell Nebula. Also known as Messier 27, it’s in the constellation Vulpecula, about 1,360 light-years away.

Image via Tom Wildoner

Image via Tom Wildoner

Thanks so much to Tom Wildoner for sharing his photo with us. Tom wrote:

The Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27, M27 or NGC 6853) is a bright planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. It is easily seen in binoculars and wide-field photographs.

Here’s more from Tom about this shot:

The image is composed of 19-minutes of data (15 second subs at ISO 4000) with additional dark and bias frames.

Tech Info: Meade LX90 12” telescope, Antares Focal Reducer, and Canon 6D camera. Imaging was done on July 27, 2016 and I also incorporated some data collected in 2015.

Tom’s got more great photos on his Facebook page, here.

Eleanor Imster

MORE ARTICLES