M76 Little Dumbbell Nebula | Kelvin Phoon

Photographer
Kelvin Phoon
Email
phoon@ix.netcom.com
Location of photo
San Diego, CA
Date/Time of photo
October 19, 2006
Equipment
8-inch Meade LX90 telescope at f/5, Meade DSI Pro II CCD camera, Schuler Hydrogen-alpha filter and Meade RGB filters.
Description
M76 is a planetary nebula known as the Little Dumbbell, for its slight resemblance to the Dumbbell Nebula M27. Around 5,000 light years away in the constellation Perseus, the nebula is roughly 2 light years across and is composed of gases ejected from the dying red giant at its center. Total exposure 6 hours.