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M27 - NGC 6853 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27 (M27) is commonly referred to as the Dumbbell Nebula. It is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. M27 is located about 1,250 light years from earth and is approximately 1.44 light years in diameter. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764 and was the first planetary nebula ever identified.

Location Data
Constellation: Vulpecula
Right ascension: 19h 59m 36s
Declination: +22° 43′ 16″
Distance:  1,250 ly
Size:  1.44 ly

Observation Data
Apparent magnitude: 7.5
Apparent size: 8 arcmins

M27 Location - Image From Stellarium

The images With Blue Borders were taken using equipment provided by the MAS Observatory
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M27 -G Scope M 27 - Dumbbell Nebula
G-Scope, STT8300
RGB - 60 sec exp, 3 Red, 3 Green, 2 Blue.
Aug 2015
Photo by: Jeff Kraehnke


M27, F-Scope Test, Scott JamiesonM 27
Test image, F-Scope, light pollution filter.
July 2014
Photo by Scott Jamieson


M27M 27
Remote from Spain. Planewave 12 1/2" reflector, SBIG STXL 6303E, 90 min exp.
July 2015
Photo by: Tom Schmidtkunz