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m27-L-Ha-RGB | by Robert Berta
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The Dumbell Nebula or M-27. While visually and in shorter duration photos it does look like a dumbell (redish part), a longer exposure makes the faint nebula fill in and to me it looks more like a football. This was taken with my 11" SCT and Lumicon f6.3 focal reducer (from their Giant Off Axis Guider. It is excellent and much better than the Meade and Celestron 6.3 reducers as it can cover big chip camera. This image was cropped from the full frame.

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Taken on February 6, 2009