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Resolution: 2452x3264

Dates: June 20, 2012

Frames:
Blue: 9x300" -30C bin 2x2
Green: 9x300" -30C bin 2x2
Luminance: 9x600" -30C bin 1x1
Red: 9x300" -30C bin 2x2

Integration: 3.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.35 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.14%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00

Astrometry.net job: 98330

RA center: 311.413 degrees

DEC center: 30.734 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.207 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 80.691 degrees

Field radius: 0.684 degrees

Description

It is the western portion of the Veil nebula in Cygnus the Swan and is known as the witches broom. The star that created this complex filamentary structure of ionized gas exploded some 5000 to 8000 years ago and has spread dozens of light years across the sky covering an area of more than 3°, more than 6 times the diameter of the moon. The Veil nebula is estimated to be nearly 1,500 light years distant.

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Dave (Photon)
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NGC6960 - Western Veil Nebula, Dave (Photon)