Sky Weights

Meet the Dumbbell Nebula (M27), a planetary nebula located in the constellation Vulpecula (The Fox). This beauty sits seemingly in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a sea of stars. It is located some 1,200 light years away from earth. An interesting fun fact about the Dumbbell Nebula: it consists of gas that has been emitted from its hot central star (zoom in to see this star at the center). This is another target worth revisiting soon at a much closer magnification. In the meantime, look up and experience an amazing universe!

Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2GT mount
Camera: Altair Hypercam 183MC
Main Scope: Skywatcher ED72 APO + flattener

Guiding: Svbony 30mm f/4 + ASI120MC

Exif: 8 frames at 5 mins; Gain 3500; focal length 420mm
PixInsight, Photoshop


  1. Nice job as always! I’m actually able to zoom pretty well in on it right on the website. But yes hope you get a chance to get some shots at a bit higher magnification. Always a nice job with the colors. 👍😀

    1. 🙏🏾. I will try to capture it with the Ritchey Chretien scope. Using a reducer brings it to around 1100mm. I also have to work on the guiding, the stars appear oblong once zoomed in. Cheers!

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