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M76 - The Little Dumbbell
Messier 76 was discovered in 1780 by Pierre M├ęchain and cataloged by Charles Messier that same year. It wasn't until 1918 that M76's true nature as a planetary nebula was discovered by Herber Curtis. Located some 2,500 light years away in the constellation Perseus, M76 it is one of the faintest objects in the Messier catalog at magnitude 10.1. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using an Astro-tech 130EDT f7 refractor and Atik 314L+ monochrome camera (130 min) using Ha, Hb and OIII signals.
Moon_2012_06_04_120mm_T2i_partial_lunar_eclipse.JPG 2015_08_08_90mmSMII_41AU02_Ha.jpg Saturn_2015_05_31_C9_25_f30_21AU618.jpg 2015_11_13_90mmSMII_41AU02_noLR_Ha_small.jpg M76_2016_02_12_130EDT_f7_314L+_130min.jpg
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