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Contains:  Veil nebula, Lace-work nebula, Filamentary nebula, NGC 6960, The star 52Cyg
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NGC 6960 area - HaOIII

Technical card

Resolution: 3358x2536

Dates:July 4, 2017July 5, 2017

Baader Ha 2" 7nm: 12x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium O3 1.25" 8.5nm: 9x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 3.5 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~25

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 11.01 days

Avg. Moon phase: 84.69% job: 1642035

RA center: 312.222 degrees

DEC center: 30.985 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.702 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 136.774 degrees

Field radius: 1.580 degrees

Locations: Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany


The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded circa 3,000 BC to 6,000 BC, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured several images of the nebula. The analysis of the emissions from the nebula indicate the presence of oxygen, sulfur, and hydrogen. This is also one of the largest, brightest features in the x-ray sky.



Thomas Richter
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NGC 6960 area - HaOIII, 


            Thomas Richter