M27 Dumbell Nebula


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire.

Teleskop service 12″ Richey-Chretien telescope, Skywatcher EQ8 mount,Atik 383L+ camera, Astronomik LRGB filters,
Hutech IDAS light pollution filter.

Was going to image the globular cluster M5 but my test shots didn’t look good. So flipped to my backup object the dumbell nebula.

Planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. A dying star throwing off clouds of gas.

My favourite planetary nebula to image. Strong colours, bright, high altitude and large size of 7 minutes for this type of object.

Kept the core detail subdued by Using a photoshop layer mask with an unscretched version of the image.

Removed the focal reducer and kept the telescope at F8 to capture a detailed high resolution image.

Data collected on three nights. 28th & 29th & 30th May.

LRGB image with 6 hours and 00 minutes of data. 17 x Lum 7 x Red 6 x Green 6 x Blue 10 minutes exposures.