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Observation by Kevin Toogood: Ring Nebula M57

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Kevin Toogood


Kevin Toogood


2017 Aug 13 - 21:30


2017 Aug 19 - 19:52


The Ring Nebula (M57)

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Field centre

RA: 18h53m
Dec: +33°01'
Position angle: +88°00'

Field size

0°55' × 0°41'

  • Meade LXD75 SN-8
  • Nikon D60

Rochester, Kent

Target name



Ring Nebula M57

About this image

Only 19 x 30s frames here- camera ran out of battery. Lovely clear night in a suburban location

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James Dawson
James Dawson, 2017 Aug 19 - 20:02 UTC

Kevin, great stuff. Impressive signal to noise if you live under a heavily light polled sky. Did you use any light pollution filters? Shame about the battery issue; hopefully you'll try again and go for 120-240 x 30 second subs. Have you tried using a Barlow lens or a Powermate in front of the camera to 'magnify' the nebula a bit? 

Kevin Toogood
Kevin Toogood, 2017 Aug 20 - 13:06 UTC

Hi James,

I am definitely hoping to get another go at this with a Barlow soon (and more exposures). I'm generally limited to about 30mins before my laptop battery packs in, but when I get the time I'll run an extension cable to solve that problem. I was too late last night for M57 (trees at the back of our house are an issue!) so decided to have a go at M27 instead. No filters, we're not bad for LP most of the time although my neighbour seems to have installed a really bright PIR light recently which keeps going off!!!

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