"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

Messier 27 NGC 6853 The Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula.
Right Ascension 19h 59m 36.340s - Declination +22° 43′ 16.09″

Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with an Astro-Tech 12" Ritchey - Chrétien Reflector Astrograph
Focal reducer: AP 27TVPH .75 reducer Camera SBIG STF 8300 CCD Mono, Filter's Baader Narrowband Ha 7nm and OIII

The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula (The Fox). Catalogued as Messier 27 or NGC. 6853. It is at a distance about 1,360 light - years. This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered by Charles Messier in 1784. The nebula appears to be shaped like an prolate spheroid and is viewed from our perspective along the planes of its equator.

Like many nearby planetary nebula, the Dumbbell contains knots. Its central region is marked by a pattern of dark and bright cusped knots and their associated
dark tails. Similarly to the Helix Nebula and the Eskimo Nebula, the heads of the knots have bright cusps which are local photoionization fronts.

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