The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1360 light years.

This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At a brightness of magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.

Brian Thompson’s Images of M27

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Simon Dawes Images of M27

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Martin Crow’s Images of M27

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Gordon Collins’ Images of M27

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Keith Rickard’s Images of M27

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Andrew Wilson’s Images of M27

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Debra Holton’s Images of M27

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Julian Tworek’s Images of M27

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