M 27 "Dumbbell Nebula"

IMAGE DETAILS

Object ............................................  M 27- " Dumbbell Nebula"
Constellation ..............................  Vulecula 
Distance + Ap. Magnitude.......  1400 Light Years - 7.5
RA / DEC .................................... 19h:59m.36sec / +22 43m.16sec
Date + Time ...............................   3/ 6/2008 - 18:50 UTC
Location ....................................   "Nunki Observatory" - Skiathos
Optics .........................................
  Celestron C11 f/10
Tools ..........................................   CCDsoft
Camera .....................................   SBIG ST2000XM with CFW 8A (Astrodon filters) & AO8
Exposure Time.......................     L : 12 X 300 sec  RGB : 4 X 300 (each filter)
More Details ...........................    Environment Temperature : 25oC  Camera Temperature -5οC
Mount .......................................   Paramount ME
Guiding ....................................    Self guided
Processing Details ................    Photoshop , Maxim , CCDsoft
Notes ........................................   Weather: Weather:5/10 - Transparence: 3/6 - Humidity : 79 %

Target details .........................  
The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (PN) in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.

Nikos Paschalis