Object name: M076
M 76 is often called the "Little Dumbell Nebula". It is a bipolar planetary nebula in Perseus. It lies some 2500 light-years from us based on the latest paper I could find on its distance. The nebula was first recorded by Pierre Méchain on September 5, 1780. Messier recorded it sometime later in the year. It carries two NGC numbers, NGC 650 and 651 thanks to William Herschel's observation of it on November 12, 1787. While it is quite certain Méchain saw the entire nebula Herschel described it as two bright parts connected by a fainter middle. Dryer then decided to give it the two NGC numbers. Most consider NGC 650 as referring to all of it with NGC 651 referring to the northeastern end.
Related Designation(s):2MASS J01421963+5134304, 2MASX J01421808+5134243, 3C 050, 87GB 013909.6+511935, 87GB[BWE91] 0139+5119, AKARI J0142198+513422, IRAS 01391+5119, IRAS F01391+5119, M076, MESSIER 076, NGC 0650, NGC 0651, NVSS J014219+513431, OC +567, P-K 130-10 01, PN G130.9-10.5, SSTSL2 J014219.61+513430.2, [HRT2007] J014218+513445, [MGD2014] 0139.1+5119, [WB92] 0139+5119,