Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula

M27 is one of the brightest and most visually pleasing planetary nebula. It resides in the constellation Vulpecula, the fox, and is best placed for the Northern Hemisphere in the summer and fall.

This was my first image taken through the MVAS Apollo Observatory 16" LX-200.

Date: July 19, 2003
Exposure: 45 minutes + 45 minutes
Telescope: 16" LX-200 f/10
Guiding: SBIG STV
Camera: Olympus OM-1
Film: Kodak Supra 400 (not hypered)
Scanned: Hewlett Packard S20
Processing: Two images combined in RegiStar. Adjusted curves and performed anti-vignetting in Adobe Photoshop 6. Noise reduction using SGBNR.

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