Little Dumbbell Nebula

Little Dumbbell Nebula

Description of object: M76 in Perseus is often referred to as the Little Dumbbell Nebula. M27 is the Dumbbell Nebula. M76 is bright enough to be seen in a small telescope but it can be missed quite easily if one is searching with relatively low powers and fails to recognize that the object is non-stellar.

Picture Information: October 1, 2003. The image was created by adding 19 ten-second exposures.

Moon Phase: 40%

Telescope and Camera Info.: Meade 12in. Schmidt-Cassegrain, f/10, with an Apogee AP6E CCD camera.

Little Dumbbell Nebula Crop