The Veil Nebula - Enhanced
RGB and H-Alpha
The H-Alpha data alone
The Veil Nebula in Cygnus
click here to see an earlier shot with the FSQ / STL11000 in
The diffuse nebula NGC 6960
marks the western half of a faint
nebula, which is sometimes called Wreath,
Best known under the name Veil
More than 50,000 years ago a supernova exploded south
of epsilon Cyg,
close to the southern border of Cygnus.
Nowadays the afterglowing gas forms this large nebula which shows a
circular shape. The eastern and brighter part of this nebula got its
own NGC number: NGC 6992.
It is a challenge for binoculars. You
need best conditions to observe it. Using a wide-angle telescope at low
power will show NGC 6992.Despite
its overall brightness of
about mag 5, this object is only visible to the naked eye under
exceptionally good viewing conditions, because its light is distributed
over the object's large size.
Takahashi FSQ F/5 4 element Flurorite Refractor w Apogee U16M ccd
camera and Astrodon 5nm H-Alpha filter
5 x 5 min RGB
25 x 10 min H-Alpha
Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
July 3/4 and 10/11 2010
Ambient temp 19 celcius; Moon at last quarter and New
Images acqired w CCDSoft v5.0
Images reduced, aligned and combined in Maxim DL
Levels and curves and very mild sharpening in Photoshop CS4.