The Small Dumbbell Nebula

The Small Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 76) is a faint (10.1mag) planetary nebula. The name comes from the similarity with the Large Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27). It is located in the constellation Perseus at a distance of about 3000 light years, its extent is about 20 light years. The remarkable bright reddish star on the left side of the image is the red giant HIP8063.

Image was taken with an ASI183-MC-pro color camera and a ZWO duoband filter on the 8-inch RC telescope (only) exposed 20 times for 5 minutes.

Image and text: Peter Stinner

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