Part (2) of my firt light report with the 12" dob: So next up was M27. To find it I usually find Sagitta and go from there and that's what I did this time as well. But while I was there (Sagitta) I thought I'd have a quick look at M71 as well. It's an object that's been nothing but a very faint smudge through the 6" so it could be interesting to see the difference through the 12". Another wow moment. It just jumped out. No longer a faint smudge, it resolved into stars quite nicely. More so when I increased the magnification slightly. I'm so impressed with this dob. Ok back on course and to the target I was set on, M27. The shape was very obvious. So beautiful! Even better with the UHC. Yet another wow moment. Is there no end? Not that that I want it to end of course.

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Dumbbell Nebula

  • Observed with: Skywatcher Skyliner 300P Flextube
  • Seeing: average
  • Light pollution: average