Messier 27
The Dumbbell Nebula
Charles Messier described the Dumbell
Nebula in Vulpecula as an "oval nebula
without stars", when he came upon it in 1764.

Taken with a Canon 10D digital SLR coupled
to an 8" mak-Newt with a 1.25X
2" Denkmeir
OCS, this image is comprised of twelve 480
second shots taken at ISO 400 and an
ambient temperature of 50 deg F.
Processing done in
Images Plus, with final
touches in Adobe PhotoShop.

The upper image is resized (but uncropped),
from the native 3072x2048 to 720x480, and
the image to the right is a 400x400 cropping
taken directly from it.