Little Dumbbell Nebula
Photographed by Scott Davis on August 3, 2013
From Courtright Reservoir, CA
The Little Dumbbell Nebula, catalogued as M76 and NGC650/651, is a small planetary nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It received two designations in the NGC because it appeared to be two separate objects. It is considered to be one of the faintest and most difficult of the Messier objects to observe. It lies at a distance of 2,500 light years from Earth.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Exposure Details:
Camera settings were ISO 1600 with 180-second exposures. A total of 31 light frames, 10 dark frames, and 40 each of flat, dark flat, and bias frames were stacked to create this image. Total integration time is 1 hour, 33 minutes.

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