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M76 Little Dumbbell

10.21.2014

M76 Little Dumbbell

M76, also NGC650, and known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula located in the direction of the Constellation Perseus at an approximate distance of 2,500 Light-Years. The illuminated gases, hydrogen, and doubly ionized oxygen have been driven outward by the solar winds of a star, once a sun-like star that swelled to a red giant, and is proceeding toward the white dwarf stage at the end of its evolution. The white dwarf star can be seen toward the middle of the box-like structure in the center of the image which glows more brightly in ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms. M76 is classed as a bipolar planetary nebula as our view is from the side, otherwise it may have taken a similar shape as the Ring Nebula, M57. Object: M76 Little Dumbbell Distance: 2,500 Light-Years Magnitude: ~10.1 Date: October 2014 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:180:210:260 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, Photoshop CS3 Optics: 12.5\" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME Camera: SBIG STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: Off-Axis with SBIG RGH Filters: Tru-Balance Gen II LRGB 2\"

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