Dumbbell Nebula

Observed:  Points: 20

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General Info

TypePlanetary Nebula
ConstellationVulpecula
Right ascension19h59'36.300''
Declination+22°43'17''
Magnitude7.400
Distance1,250ly
Size8 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6853, M27
Discovered 1764 Charles Messier

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Dumbbell Nebula

LCOGT 1Meter Scope - Sinistro
20 points

We went on a mission up to Sedgwick with a group of friends and coworkers. OK conditions but the .8 meter provided good views as usual.

This was the first time I got a good look at the dumbbell Nebula. Larger than I expected, has a peculiar bow-tie shape to it. Near Zenith this time of year so the bad seeing near the horizon was lessened here. Very cool object.

Revisited to check the OIII filter on M27. It works wonderfully well on this object! The football shape elongated nebula surrounding the central 'apple core' is very visible with the OIII and the central apple core shows more detail with the OIII. Overall this object looks better with the OIII over the Ultrablock. M27 is another good outreach object, and with the OIII it is a great view even for first-timer observers.

Faint but visible with averted vision. Slight triangular shape visible.

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