Dumbbell Nebula


Tom Howard

Crawley, Sussex

Nikon D7000 DSLR; Meade 5000 127mm refractor; Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 mount.

I chose this big and bright planetary nebula as my first target of the season to check out my equipment, ready for the longer nights of autumn. I particularly like the contrasting colours caused by the ionisation of hydrogen and oxygen.