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The Mystical Veil, 


            John Travis
The Mystical Veil
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The Mystical Veil

Technical card

Baader Planetarium Baader H-Alpha 1,25" 7nm CCD: 100x180" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
Baader OIII 8.5nm 1.25": 100x180" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO Blue Filter Optimized for ASI1600: 20x75" (gain: 75.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO Green Filter Optimized for ASI1600: 20x75" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO Red Filter Optimized for ASI1600: 20x75" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.2 hours

Darks: ~25

Flats: ~25

Flat darks: ~25

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00

Basic astrometry details job: 2210537

RA center: 20h 50' 35"

DEC center: +29° 50' 13"

Pixel scale: 1.347 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 111.386 degrees

Field radius: 1.059 degrees

Resolution: 4496x3433

Locations: Home , Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Data source: Backyard


The first image of the summer for me! It has been so cloudy and most nights there have been chances for thunderstorms. But, I finally managed to capture enough data between clouds to complete an image of a section of the Western Veil nebula. Located just behind the "Finger of God".

In doing so I noticed what looks like a mystical creature, perhaps a dragon-like creature, located in the right lower portion of the image with it's back facing the bottom right corner. This mystical creature appears to be bellowing fire from its mouth as well riding on the flames that seem to flow aft of the tail leaving behind a wake of fire. But, then maybe I just have an overactive imagination! LOL! What do you see if anything at all? Let me know...

This is a bi-color image with RGB stars.
Data was captured from 7/24/2018 - 8/14/2018
Gain 200 Offset 50 for narrow band.
Gain 75 Offset 12 for RGB.



John Travis
License: None (All rights reserved)


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