M27 The Dumbbell Nebula
M27 The Dumbbell Nebula

Summer in the UK, well sort of, there’s not many summer astronomical targets to look at and it doesn’t really get that dark.  But there are one or two decent targets to view like this shot of the planetary nebula M27 The Dumbbell Nebula.  This was the first planetary nebula to be found and one of the brightest and easiest  to see in a telescope and binoculars.  Located approx 1300 light years distant in the  lesser known constellation Vulpecula, its found easier by sweeping up from the star Altair up to the Cygnus constellation, or sweeping through the ‘summer triangle’ asterism comprising the stars Altair, Deneb and Vega.  This shot is composed of 10 minutes sub exposures stacked together and adjusted in Photoshop.


Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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