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Uploaded 29-Aug-10
Taken 31-May-09
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Dumbell, Dumbell Nebula, M27, NGC 6835, NGC6853, Nebula
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Dimensions1200 x 800
Original file size957 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken31-May-09 15:33
Date modified21-Aug-10 15:35
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Camera makeNikon
Camera modelD80
M27 The Dumbell Nebula 2009

M27 The Dumbell Nebula 2009

About this Object:
The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years. A planetary nebula is an emission nebula consisting of an expanding glowing shell of ionized gas ejected during the asymptotic giant branch phase of certain types of stars late in their life. This name originated with their first discovery in the 18th century because of their similarity in appearance to giant planets when viewed through small optical telescopes, and is otherwise unrelated to the planets of the solar system. They are a relatively short-lived phenomenon, lasting a few tens of thousands of years, compared to a typical stellar lifetime of several billion years.

About this Photo:

Location: From my backyard in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F10
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Orion ST80
Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 4 x 300 sec @ ISO 1600 (20 min.)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Noel Carboni's Tools;
Date(s): May 31, 2009
Temperature(s): 80º F