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Explore M27 The Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27

M27
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M27 also known as The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. This is a beautiful and vivid target that is large and bright and easily visible through binoculars. M27 is about 1227 light years away.

The nebula is illuminated by a white dwarf star in the center.

This was the first planetary nebula discovered by Charles Messier in 1764

I wanted to have a lot more data with this target. However, when I setup up my scope for this night, I discovered that the apartment complex that I recently moved into had sprinklers set up all across the field. After 5 frames, I heard the sprinklers go off and I had to pick up my gear and move to a dry spot, thus ending my night.

I had to use an Optolong L-eNhance 2" filter due to the moon being at 97% and my setup being under Bortle 6/7 skies.

Processing Info

I stacked the 5 light frames along with 40 dark and 50 flat frames in PixInsight

The following processes were performed in PixInsight:

Once I found what I liked, I saved the files and went to Photoshop and ran Topaz AI DeNoise. This is an amazing plugin that works like magic.

The area of the sky in Vulpecula that is photographed
Here you can see the area of the sky in Vulpecula imaged.

Acquisition Data