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Veil Nebula, 


            Luca Marinelli
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Veil Nebula

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 183MM Pro

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro (EQMOD)

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 60mm Guide Scope

Software: Photoshop CC  ·  PIXINSIGHT 1.8  ·  Lightroom CC  ·  Seqence Generator Pro

Filters: Astrodon Narrowband 3nm Ha  ·  Astrodon Narrowband 3nm OIII

Accessory: ZWO EFW 7 x 36mm

Dates:Aug. 7, 2018Aug. 10, 2018

Astrodon Narrowband 3nm Ha: 57x360" (gain: 120.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Narrowband 3nm OIII: 54x360" (gain: 120.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.1 hours

Darks: ~30

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 26.75 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.25%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Astrometry.net job: 2978865

RA center: 20h 51' 25"

DEC center: +30° 26' 31"

Pixel scale: 7.673 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -3.211 degrees

Field radius: 2.927 degrees

Resolution: 1686x2170

Locations: Home Observatory, Schenectady, New York, United States

Data source: Backyard


The Veil Nebula (NGC 6960, 6992, 6995) is a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. It is bright enough to be visible at the eyepiece in a modest aperture telescope under dark skies as an extended fuzzy but it truly shows its colors (no pun intended) when imaged using narrowband emission line filters. The shock wave of the star explosion that took place between 3,000BC and 6,000BC is still expanding and gives rise to the observed filamentary structure.

In this rendition, I chose the HHO gold-blue palette to show the hydrogen (gold) and oxygen (blue) emissions of this cloud of ionized gas and dust in the middle of the one of the busiest corners of the Milky Way. The Veil is roughly 1,600 light years from Earth and it is about 110 light years across. It is the visible light part of the Cygnus Loop, which includes a strong radio source (W78), as well as X-ray emissions.



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Veil Nebula, 


            Luca Marinelli