|M76 is a
planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are formed when aging stars begin
to eject their outer layers. They are most commonly round in shape
(hence the name planetary) but many have some more irregular
appearances. M76 is commonly refered to as the "Little
Dumbbell" nebula due to its resemblance to M27 in Vulpecula.
in. TPO R-C @ f/6.2 (using Astro-Physics telecompressor)
T4i (650D); ISO 800; Raw capture
||iOptron CEM 60
||Orion SSAG Pro on Komura
||24 @ 5 min.
were focused using the camera's Live View function. Subframes were
reduced, aligned, and combined in ImagesPlus. The combined image was
adjusted in Photoshop; it was cropped to 50%. Noise was reduced using
from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 10/19/15.
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