Updated: 6.27.04

M27, the Dumbell Nebula in Vulpecula, is a beautifully large and bright planetary that rivals the Ring in name recognition. This particular image used an (L+R)RGB combine to bring out a bit more of the internal structure. The image was taken at f/10, but reduced to 80%, so effectively appears as an f/8 image scale. Only 36 minutes were shot at this slow speed due to the impending sunrise (last frame at 5:32AM). The shot was taken at Chiefland, Florida during the last new moon event.

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Image info:

12"LX200 on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

18x2 mins


Stacked and processed in Maxim (no darks and no flats), reduced to 80%

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor