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On this page I collect my observations of the planetary nebula M 27 in the constellation Vulpecula/Little Fox.
The planetary nebula M 27 in the constellation Vulpecula/Little Fox is called Dumbbell Nebula because of its shape. According to Stoyan, it is considered as one of the most beautiful nebulae for telescope observers.
Size: 8' x 4' (Stoyan)
Distance: 1,200 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: ***** (Stoyan).
M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula) in Vulpecula/Little Fox
The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) provides a rough impression of what I might have observed in Summer/Autumn 2016: Sketch of M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula) by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)
Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.
Regrettably, I was just able to detect a glowing something, but nothing like a dumbbell. Location, observation date, and telescopes used are unknown/forgotten.