Veil Nebula

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About this Image

The Veil Nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion that occurred about30 - 40,000 years ago. It is located 1,400 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus.
NGC 6960 is the portion of the SNR that appears close to the star 52 Cygnus as western portion of that remnant.
Pickering's Triangular Wisp, below and to the left of the NGC 6960 portion of the nebula is designated as Simeis 3-188. Below a small patch of the Veil is designated as NGC 6974/79. North is left.
Below you see a crop on NGC 6960.

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Technical Details


105mm TMB refractor with flattener at f/6.5

Mount MK-100 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -20C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik H-alpha (15 nm) + RGB
Date June 14, 2004
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 5.5, high transparency, temperature 10-15 C,
Exposure Ha = 60 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures),
RGB= 25:25:25 min (5-minute sub-exposures)
all 1x1.
Processing Image aquisition in Maxim DL 4.0; Image calibration, aligning, mean stacking, DDP and color synthesis in ImagesPlus; Noise reduction by Neatimage;
Photoshop: H-alpha blended to red and used as L channel; size 18/38/70%;