At the twelth magnitude, M-76 can be seen as two blobs of light in contact with each other. This is the dimmest of the Messier objects; yet the fact that I observed it with considerable ease only goes to show how
great I am... er, how powerful a 6-inch telescope is. M-76 is less than one degree from Phi Andromedae, and its similarity to the larger and brighter M-27 certainly makes it a worthwhile target.
|OTHER NAMES:||M-76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula)|
|SIZE:||2.6' x 1.5'|
|DISTANCE:||8200 light years|
|POSITION:||01h 40m +51d 25'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||10/07/75|