Contains: NGC 6995, Veil nebula, Network nebula, NGC 6992, IC 1340
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Eastern Veil Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 4568x3424

Dates: Oct. 19, 2017

Frames: 108x300"

Integration: 9.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 29.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.09% job: 1788170

RA center: 314.044 degrees

DEC center: 31.391 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.120 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 273.083 degrees

Field radius: 0.888 degrees

Locations: My Backyard, Langen, Hessen, Germany


This is the official first-light for my new QHY 163m cooled CMOS camera. For this, I decided to go for the Eastern Veil Nebula, again. The Veil is definitely one of the most striking supernova remnants. The supernova that created it has exploded 8000 years ago and the remnant has been expanding since then. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.

This is a bi-color narrowband composite using a total of 9 hours of data captured from my light-polluted backyard in the Frankfurt area (red zone). The combination of APM 107/700 Triplet APO with field flattener plus QHY 163m gives an ideal scale of around 1.1 arcsec/pixel and a sizable field at the same time.

Processing this image was straight forward, noise and sharpness were fine from the beginning. Have a look at the image in full-screen mode! I am happy with this first light… more to come!




Sky plot

Sky plot


Eastern Veil Nebula,