A Visit to a remote Observatory

Recently I had the opportunity to visit a remote observatory in northern Vermont. The wonder of a remote site is definitely in the darkness of the skies. This enables a telescope to image fainter objects in less exposure times. At this site, the Milky Way was visible from horizon to horizon, with nearly zero light pollution. The only lights we saw were in the town, and they were few and far between. Here is an image of the Dumbbell Nebula (M-27) taken with their scope, a 17″ RC. The image was an LRGB color composite using 5 minutes in each LRG and B.

M-27 Dumbbell Nebula

An LRGB Color composite at 5min each filter.

 

 

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