Dumbbell Nebula Wide Field: 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  radiation and matter when they start to expand. When these hit interstellar gas it is excited to glow in different colors.
The image shows Dumbell Nebula  in a wider field of view glowing like a beacon within a rich field of differently colored stars.

For a crop of this image see here.

Object Dumbbell Nebula Wide Field
Category Planetary Nebulae
Designation M 027
Constellation Vulpecula
Optics Vixen R200SS 8 inch, f/4.6 with Televue Paracorr
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 11 x 5min IDAS LPS filter, 9 x 10min Astronomik H-alpha filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration Flat frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 30+31 Aug 2008
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