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