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M27 – Dumbbell Nebula

Astrophotography Target – The Dumbbell Nebula

Beginners diving into deep-sky astrophotography will find that the Dumbbell Nebula is a satisfying first target, as the bright color and details of M27 are revealed in a relatively short exposure.  Messier 27 was the subject of my video in my review of the Altair Hypercam 183C back in July of 2017.

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

This is an old photo I shot while camping at Rockpoint Provincial Park. It was a very warm and clear night, and the campsite I selected had a nice open window to the sky.  “Astronomy Camping” is one of my absolute favorite activities to partake in during the Spring and Summer months.

M27 is bright planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula.  The Dumbbell nebula is a popular target for beginners in astrophotography because it delivers incredible results with minimal exposure time.  I have not imaged M27 in years and would like to have another crack at it using my larger telescope.

M27 – The Dumbbell Nebula

Photographed on: July 28th, 2012

Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF
Mount: Celestron ASCG-5
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)
ISO: 1600
Total Exposure: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes (60 x 210 seconds)
Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CC
Support Files: 15 dark frames

Guided with PHD Guiding
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC