M27 Dumbbell Nebula April 5, 2012

M27, the Dumbbell Nebula, a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula imaged using a Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 5 x 90 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 5, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of nebula, click here.

M57 Ring Nebula April 5, 2012

M57, the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra. It is a cloud of cold gas expanding away from a small hot central star that provides energy for the gas cloud to glow. The nebula is relatively easy to find and is visible even with 3-4 inch telescopes. Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 10 x 60 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 5, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of nebula, click here.

DSO-hunting this Summer Break

I am heading to the province tonight for some DSO hunting: diffused and planetary nebula! Hope it will be as productive as last December’s deep-sky hunt. It will be a long 8-hour trip.

With an OIII narrow-band filter which is particularly useful in improving contrast in diffused and planetary nebula, I might actually have a chance to finally have a glimpse of the elusive Veil nebula :)