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M27 – Dumbbell Nebula

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula


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


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.