M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  RGB
    • All exposures binned 1x1
    • R 12x250s, G 11x190s, B 12x300s
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV152 @ f/7.9
  • Mount:  MI-250 GoTo
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-10XME CCD, SBIG CFW-8
    • SBIG Standard RGB filters
  • Location:  My backyard in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Date/Time: 
    • October 5-6, 2005, 21:17-12:46 PDT
  • Processing:  Taken  in MaxIm v4 using CCDCommander.  Reduced in CCDSoft.  Aligned with RegiStar.  Combined sub-exposures with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  DDP in MaxIm.  Levels, unsharp mask, selective blur in Photoshop.

  • Notes: First complete image with the Stellarvue SV152!
    Manually focused.
  • Name:  The Dumbbell Nebula, M27, NGC6853
  • Type:  Planetary Nebula
  • Constellation:  Vulpecula
  • Distance:  1200 light years
  • Physical Diameter:  ~2.5 light years (brightest part), up to ~6 light years for the dimmest portions
  • Angular Diameter:  ~6 arc minutes for the brightest part. The dimmer parts extend up to 15 arc minutes. The nebula is expanding at about 7 arc seconds per century!

I've been waiting to shoot this with a CCD camera for a long time. This object was my very first astrophoto in 2001 with Kodak E200 film! I had never been happy with the field of view I would have until I received the SV152. It is certainly interesting to see the difference!

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