The Binocular Sky


M27 (NGC 6853, the Dumbell Nebula, the Apple Core)

Constellation: Vul
Object Type: Planetary Nebula
RA:  19h 59m 36s
Dec:  +22° 43' 18"
Magnitude: 7.6
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

Charts for 50mm Binocular (5° aperture circle).   Click on a chart to print it.


If you place γSagittae at the S of a 5° field of view, M27 will be just N of centre.

What You Should See:

Although the Dumbell is not the only planetary nebula that is visible in 10×50 binoculars, it is significantly easier to see than any other, but will need a larger instrument with more magnification to show some structure. The progenitor star is far too faint to be seen, even in large binoculars.