M 27 and Sh2-86 in the constellation Vulpecula (the Fox)

With longer focal length the Dumbbell Nebula often appears very prominent in front of the star clouds. With shorter focal length the impressive Milky Way background becomes more prominent.

In this 2-frame mosaic with 200 mm focal length, the Dumbbell Nebula is only visible as a small patch in the left half of the image. About 3.5 degrees to the west is the red emission nebula Sh2-86, surrounded by huge dust clouds and thousands and thousands of stars.

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Optics: Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8L USM at f/4
Focal Length: 200 mm
Camera: Fuji X-M1
Exposure: 2-frame mosaic,
together 42 x 300 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity, Photoshop
Diameter:3 light years (M 27)
70 light years (Sh2-86)
Distance:1,100 light years (M 27)
6,000 light years (Sh2-86)
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