"The Dumbbell Nebula" In Vulpecula

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula

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Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130 @ F7.68 (999mm) w/Field Flattener
Wikipedia Notes: The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (PN) in theconstellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years. This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes. This PN appears to be shaped like an prolate spheroid and is viewed from our perspective along the plane of itsequator. In 1992, Moreno-Corral et al. computed that the rate of expansion in the plane of the sky of this PN was no more than 2″.3 per century. From this, an upper limit to the age of 14,600 yr may be determined. In 1970, Bohuski, Smith, and Weedman found an expansion velocity of 31 km/s. Given its semi-minor axis radius of 1.01 ly, this implies that the kinematic age of the nebula is some 9,800 years.[4][5]
Mount: Astro-Physics 900GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW-10 & Custom Scientific Filters
Exposure: RGB = 90:70:120 Minutes
Location: ARGO, Oregon USA
Date: August 2006