M27 The Dumbbell Nebula – revisited

I recently decided to revisit the beautiful planetary nebula that is M27. The plan was to start from scratch, collect several hours of exposure and create a very deep image. However the fates conspired against me – for once my weather forecasting info was inaccurate and heavy cloud came in after only 30 minutes of exposure. However there is little point in arguing with the weather, so I gladly took what I had and combined it with my previous 17 minutes of data from late July.

M27 Dumbbell Nebula   Click on image for a larger view …

I’m quite pleased with the outcome but would still like to do a several hour exposure some time.

M27 Sept07  Click on image for a larger view …

As usual, here’s my Messier Infocard for the object.