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- 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
- 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!
- 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!