Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27, also known as the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula located over 1,000 light-years away in the constellation of Vulpecula. Planetary nebulae get their name from their resemblance to a planet when viewed through a small telescope. In reality, the nebula’s creation has nothing to do with planets — the nebula consists of the outer layers blown off from an aging star as it expels its atmosphere when transitioning from a giant star to a compact white dwarf. The progenitor star is now a white dwarf located in the center of the nebula.

The image consists of ten 15-second exposures in L, R, B filters and nine in G (something bumped the telescope during the tenth exposure), which I took using the PROMPT telescope array at Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile and combined in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula (Messier 16, NGC 6611) is a star-forming region located approximately 7,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Serpens. The dark structures in the image are stellar nurseries, collapsing clouds of gas and dust that are condensing to become new stars.

I took this image using the PROMPT telescope array at the Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Three 30-second exposures in each of LRGB filters, combined in Adobe Photoshop CC.