|M27 "Dumbbell Nebula": Planetary Nebula (Vulpecula) RA: 19h 59.6m / DEC: +22° 43'.3|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
M27, the Dumbbell Nebula, is a bright planetary nebula in Vulpecula. I begin the star hop at 3.5 magnitude Gamma (12) Sagittae. M27 is just 3.2 degrees due north. At 165X in my 10-inch Newtonian, M27's hourglass shape is easily recognized as is the 13th magnitude central star. The hourglass section is roughly 6'x4' running northeast to southwest. Subtle lobes of nebulosity can be seen under the best observing conditions. These lobes are aligned perpendicular to the hourglass shape and extend about 6' in each direction from the central star.
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