Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED
Imaging camera: Starlight Xpress SX-814 Trius Monochrome CCD
Mount: Sky-Watcher EZ-EQ6 GT
Guiding camera: Starlight-XPress Lodestar Autoguider
Dates: June 18, 2017
Integration: 2.6 hours
Avg. Moon age: 23.20 days
Avg. Moon phase: 38.91%
Astrometry.net job: 1623819
RA center: 312.315 degrees
DEC center: 31.666 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.154 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 179.976 degrees
Field radius: 0.897 degrees
Locations: The Hills Observatory, Manchester, United Kingdom
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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