M76 Little Dumbell
Distance: Undetermined, possibly around 3,000 to 8,200 light years
Commentary: M76 is very faint in the eyepiece, but exhibits well in digital astrophotography. Somewhat resembling M27, the Dumbell Nebula, the name Little Dumbell has stuck as its primary moniker. The gas and dust surrounding a central star, which is responsible for the outflows, was probably ejected by that star around 10-12 thousand years ago when in its red giant phase.
Date Imaged: November 2007
Location: Ft. Davis, TX
Exposure Details: LRGB: 300:120:120:120 Luminanace unbinned, RGB bin 2
Processing: Processed using CCDSoft, MaxIm DL, Registar, and Photoshop CS3
Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss
Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9
Mount: Paramount ME
Guiding: OAG with guide camera
Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 2"