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

Image of the day 07/20/2018

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    NGC6960 The Witch's Broom, 


            Barry Wilson
    NGC6960 The Witch's Broom

    NGC6960 The Witch's Broom

    Technical card

    Resolution: 3305x2480

    Dates:July 13, 2018

    Astrodon 5nm Ha: 21x1200" bin 1x1
    Astrodon 5nm Olll: 18x1200" bin 1x1

    Integration: 13.0 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 0.45 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 0.22% job: 2148678

    RA center: 311.889 degrees

    DEC center: 30.537 degrees

    Pixel scale: 2.087 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 90.471 degrees

    Field radius: 1.198 degrees

    Locations: Entre Encinas y Estrellas E-EyE, Fregenal de la Sierra, Extremadura, Spain

    Data source: Own remote observatory


    In between mosaic projects Steve and I selected this iconic target - its popularity is justified with its majestic soaring jets of Ha and OIII.

    From Wikipedia: "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."

    Data acquisition: Barry Wilson & Steve Milne.

    Processed: Barry Wilson



    Barry Wilson

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    NGC6960 The Witch's Broom, 


            Barry Wilson