M76 – The little dumbbell
The second of this seasons images at 2m with my 8″ SCT. This really needs longer exposure time and lots more subs but an image is an image! M76 is noted as being one of the faintest of all the Messier objects – I have seen it in my 12″ Dob and can confirm, it’s very faint.
M76 is a Planetary Nebula in the Perseus constellation discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. The distance is round 3,400 Light Years from Earth but I cant find a date for the actual superenova that left this remnant behind!