Messier 76, the Little Dumbbell Nebula   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Planetary Nebula in Perseus

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Messier 76 is a small but distinctive planetary nebula. Through a telescope it appears to have two bright lobes with a narrower midsection, reminscent of its namesake, the Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27). As seen in this image, the most prominent section is roughly rectangular, but this is surrounded by a fascinating structure of curves and wisps of fainter nebulosity.

Magnitude 10.1
Apparent Size 65"
Distance (light yrs) 3,900
Right Ascension 01:42.4
Declination +51 34
Field of View 22' x 17'

Image details:  Exposure times of 60 minutes luminance, and 18 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/8. 

October 2014