Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cygnus (Cyg)
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Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle), 



    
        

            Mike Oates
Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle)
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Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle)

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Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle), 



    
        

            Mike Oates
Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle)
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Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED

Imaging cameras: Starlight Xpress SX-814 Trius Monochrome CCD

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EZ-EQ6 GT

Guiding cameras: Starlight-XPress Lodestar Autoguider

Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Photoshop CS6  ·  PIXINSIGHT 1.8

Filters: Astrodon 3nm OIII  ·  Ha 3nm

Accessory: Lakeside Astro Motor Focus System  ·  Starlight Xpress SX 'Maxi wheel'  ·  Starlight Instruments FTF3545B-A Focuser


Dates:June 18, 2017

Frames:
Astrodon 3nm OIII: 15x300" (1h 15') bin 2x2
Ha 3nm: 16x300" (1h 20') bin 2x2

Integration: 2h 35'

Avg. Moon age: 23.20 days

Avg. Moon phase: 38.91%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1623819

RA center: 20h49m15s

DEC center: +31°3957

Pixel scale: 2.154 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.024 degrees

Field radius: 0.897 degrees


Resolution: 2291x1934

Locations: The Hills Observatory, Manchester, United Kingdom

Data source: Backyard

Description

I keep being amazed at what can be imaged from my light polluted site. I have never attempted the Veil Nebula before as I thought it would be a difficult object. But two weeks ago during full Moon and while I was waiting for it to go dark (i.e it was still pretty light SQM-L of 16.3 to 18.0) I pointed my scope to Pickering’s Triangle in the Veil Nebula mainly to see where it was in the sky and to make sure I was going to be able to it image at some point in the future as I have some large trees near by. I took a 5min Ha exposure at bin 2x2 and what I saw really surprised me, especially as I generally only image near the zenith and this was quite low. I took more 5 min subs until it went dark then, moved on to my original target!

I did the same the following week on two nights, again while it was either dusk or dawn and obtained a total of 16 x 5min Ha subs and 15 x 5min OIII subs, both filters are 3nm Astrodon.

The result is the above bi-colour image

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Veil Nebula in Cygnus (Pickering’s Triangle), 



    
        

            Mike Oates