M27 Dumbbell Nebula

Another clear night has allowed me to photograph my first ‘Planetary Nebula’. M27 is a stunning example of such objects.

 M27 - Click for more...

As normal, click on the image above for details & close-ups.

Formed when a star reaches the end of its main sequence life cycle & blows off much of its mass; I think the colours displayed by this expanding matter are stunningly beautiful. What do you think?

Managed to image a few other Messier objects the other night but seeing wasn’t particularly great. Maybe I’ll post some images but I would like to revisit the targets anyway.