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M27 Dumbbell Nebula

The Dumbbell Nebula, a classic planetary nebula, is located in the constellation of Vulpecula. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier and initially thought to be a planet.

Distance to earth: 1’360 lightyears
Apparent size: 8 arcminutes (0.26 x the moon)

Imaging time: 12.8 hours

Telescope: SW Evostar 80ED
Camera: Atik 460EX Mono

Capture information:
Date: July 2015 – August 2018
Total exposure time: 12.8 hours
Color combination: LRGB

Image data:
33 x 1200s HA
7 x 3 x 300s RGB