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Photographer:

Kelvin Phoon

Email:

phoon@ix.netcom.com

Location of Photo:

San Diego, CA

Date/Time of photo:

October 19, 2006

Equipment:

8-inch Meade LX90 telescope at f/5, Meade DSI Pro II CCD camera, Schuler Hydrogen-alpha filter and Meade RGB filters.

Description:

M76 is a planetary nebula known as the Little Dumbbell, for its slight resemblance to the Dumbbell Nebula M27. Around 5,000 light years away in the constellation Perseus, the nebula is roughly 2 light years across and is composed of gases ejected from the dying red giant at its center. Total exposure 6 hours.

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