M76 Little Dumbbell Nebula: Deep Sky Photo with the iPhone 6


This is a planetary nebula that looks remarkably similar to the Dumbbell Nebula which is why it’s gets its name “little.” It is much smaller than the Dumbbell Nebula, harder to see and capture but well worth it.

I captured this image the other night from my backyard in the middle of town with lots of light pollution. The sky and conditions, however, were pristine. Calm, clear, and no moon. It was cold, around 15*F.

Celestron Nexstar 8SE
iPhone 6
Night Cap Pro App
Orion Steadypix Adapter
Televue 20mm Plossl
Celestron f/6.3 reducer
ISO 8000
15 second exposures
8 frames stacked
Stacked with Nebulosity 4
Light editing in Lightroom


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