Dumbbell Nebula: One of the most pretty examples of a so-called Planetary Nebula. The old astronomers called this type of objects planetary because in their low-resolution telescopes they looked like planets. Today we know that these are dramatic events of dying stars, which expell lots of their matter when they start to expand.

Object Dumbbell Nebula
Category Planetary Nebulae
Designation M 027
Constellation Vulpecula
Optics TMB 130 f/6 and Baader Flat Field Converter
Mount Meade LXD 75
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Exposure 9 x ISO 3200-1min
Processing ImagesPlus, Neat Image, Photoshop
 
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