"The Little Dumbbell Nebula" In Perseus

M76 The Little Dumbbell Nebula

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Telescope: Celestron 14 @ F11.4 (3975mm)
Wikipedia Notes: The Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76NGC 650/651, the Barbell Nebula, or the Cork Nebula [1], is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included inCharles Messier's catalog of comet-like objects as number 76. It was first recognised as a planetary nebula in 1918 by the astronomer Heber Doust Curtis. However, there is some contention to this claim, as Isaac Roberts in 1891 did suggest that M76 might be similar to the Ring Nebula (M57), being instead as seen from the side view. [2] The structure is now classed as a bipolar planetary nebula (BPNe).[3] Distance to M76 is currently estimated as 780 parsecs or 2,500 light years [4], making the average dimensions about 0.378 pc. (1.23 ly.) across. [5] The total nebula shines at the apparent magnitude of +10.1 with its central star or planetary nebula nucleus (PNN) at +15.9v (16.1B) magnitude.[1] The UV-light from the PNN is expanding outer layers that form the present nebula, and has the surface temperature of about 88,400 K. The whole planetary nebula is approaching us at −19.1km.s-1. [6] The Little Dumbbell Nebula derives its common name from its resemblance to the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) in Vulpecula. It was originally thought to consist of two separate emission nebulae and was thus given two catalog numbers in the NGC 650 and 651. Some consider this object the faintest and hardest to see objects in Messier's list.
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME w/CFW-8A & Astrodon Filters
Exposure: LRGB = 70:60:60:60 Minutes (RGB Binned 2x2)
Location: ARGO, Oregon USA
Date: August 2005