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M27 in Vulpecula

M27 in Vulpecula

M27 is the second largest planetary nebula in the sky and a typical member of the bipolar variety of this kind of nebulas. Because of its shape it is also called "Dumbbell Nebula".
It is an example of what will happen to our sun in about 5 billion years. After nuclear fusion processes have come to an end the outer layers of the dying sun are shed off. The still very hot core is exposed and its radiation excites hydrogen ( red) and oxygen ( greenish blue) to glow.

Canon EOS 20D
Modified Canon 20D mounted on a Vixen R200SSDG(8"/F4)+ Televue Paracorr. Halpha ( Astronomik Ha, 13nm): 16x450sec/ISO800; OIII ( Astronomik OIII, 13nm): 9x450sec/ISO800;RGB ( IDAS-LPS): 12x300sec/ISO800. Calibration and stacking, averaging, color balancing, sharpening in Images Plus and Photoshop CS2. full exif

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firstbrook15-Mar-2007 19:12
Fantastic........ brilliant info and image
Guest 14-Mar-2007 21:43
gorgeous image! i know the work that goes into these images! very well done!