The Little Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula which, unlike its larger “brother” M27 in Vulpecula, is much fainter.
In fact it is one of the fainter objects in the Messier catalog.
M76 can be found in the constellation Perseus.
Although discovered in 1780, It took until 1918 unil it was first recognised as being a planetary nebula.
The nebula is now classed as a bipolar planetary nebula (BPNe).
Sep 27, 2008 – Canon 20D (10″ Newt. 2h)
|Name||M76 – The Little Dumbbell Nebula|
|Right ascension||01h 42m 24s|
|Declination||+51° 34′ 31″|
|Other designations||NGC 650/651|