Planetary Nebula in Perseus

Uploaded 12/17/2000

The "Little Dumbell" nebula in Perseus is one of the best examples of a bipolar planetary nebula with ring arcs defining the magnetic field lines like a bar magnet. A high surface brightness of this object required a gamma scaling to retain the outer regions while not overexposing the center portions.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Newtonian
CCD Camera:  SBIG237
Exposure:  6x5mins
Filters:  None
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10
Temperature:  25 F

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