Flintstone Stargazing

September 21, 2007

The Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76)

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 11:53 pm

M76-Little Dumbbell Nebula on 9/21/07

This is the Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76) found in the constellation Perseus. It is similar in color and appearance (though smaller) to the Dumbbell Nebula that I imaged last night. Frankly, I think that they should be called the Apple Core Nebulas, but I guess I’m not in charge.

According to Wikipedia, “It is one of the faintest and hardest to see objects in Messier’s list.” If that’s true, then I shouldn’t have too much trouble finishing my Messier hunt.



  1. good hunting.

    Comment by stelmodad — September 21, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

  2. Thanks – the clouds came in around 11:00 tonight, but that was okay because the Bates family dropped in right before that. My neighbors all kind of wonder what I’m doing in my driveway every clear night with my laptop and the Bates stopped by as they were headed home. We talked for almost an hour and had a great time and even though there were clouds, I was able to share some of the stuff I’ve been doing and showed them how M13 looked through the scope and then how it looked through the camera. It was a really nice night and a fun one as well.

    Comment by Ed — September 22, 2007 @ 12:27 am

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