M27 is an exceptional binocular object. It is one of the few planetary nebulae that are recognisable with a pair of binoculars. Point your binoculars at Gamma Sagittae (yes, the tip of the arrow) and shift your field of view 3 degrees to the north. M27 should appear in the upper part of the field of view. Look for a fuzzy spot just south of a mag 6 star. I found M27 brighter and easier to detect than M71 in Sagitta. My 15x70 binoculars actually showed a rectangular brightening, its long axis running from NNE to SSW. M27 is a nearby planetary nebula with a distance of around 1150 l-y.
Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium ( 51Â° N )
Date : June 16, 2008
Time : around 22.30UT
Binoculars : TS 15x70 Marine
Filter : none
Mount : Manfrotto tripod and head
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 2.5/5
Sky brightness : 19.60 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.
(Note: if the sketch does look too dark on your monitor, try to darken the room.)