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Messier 27, The Dumbbell Nebula

Taken by: Tony Cellini
Date: 7/1/2010
Exposure: Ha - 60 min, RGB - 15 min

This is Messier 27, The Dumbbell Nebula.  Located in the constellation Vulpecula (the "little fox") it is a favorite object in the summer skies due to is brightness, large size and recognizable shape.  This image was acquired with an AstroTech AT106LE refractor and SBIG ST-8300M CCD camera.