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 has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as Lead Editor at EarthSky.org, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She also serves as one of the voices of EarthSky on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and G+. She and her husband live in Tennessee and have two grown sons.