Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cygnus (Cyg)  ·  Contains:  Filamentary nebula  ·  Lace-work nebula  ·  NGC 6960  ·  The star 52Cyg  ·  Veil nebula
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Western Veil Nebula (Witches Broom), 


            Trevor Jones
Western Veil Nebula (Witches Broom)
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Western Veil Nebula (Witches Broom)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific ED102 CF APO

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO ASI294MC PRO

Mounts: SkyWatcher HEQ5 goto synscan

Guiding cameras: Altair Astro GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono

Focal reducers: Starfield 0.8x Focal Reducer

Software: DeepSkyStacker (DSS) Deepskystacker 3.3.6

Filters: STC Astro Duo-Narrowband filter

Accessory: Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox  ·  Pegasus Astro Dual motor focus controller

Dates:Sept. 3, 2018Sept. 4, 2018

STC Astro Duo-Narrowband filter: 50x180" bin 2x2
STC Astro Duo-Narrowband filter: 62x300" bin 2x2

Integration: 7.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.08 days

Avg. Moon phase: 40.21%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2540309

RA center: 20h 46' 23"

DEC center: +30° 38' 20"

Pixel scale: 3.223 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 91.765 degrees

Field radius: 1.111 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1237

Locations: My Backyard, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Data source: Backyard


NGC 6960 - The Western Veil Nebula or Witches Broom Nebula in Cygnus

I've always found the Western Veil Nebula to be a difficult deep sky object to process. I ran SEVERAL iterations of star minimizing actions on this one - and really tried to avoid "chewing" into the sinewy veil nebula in the process.

This was captured using my Explore Scientific ED 102 Refractor with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro OSC camera. I put some serious mileage on that camera last summer, almost always with the STC Astro Duo-Narrowband filter in front.


Sky plot

Sky plot


Western Veil Nebula (Witches Broom), 


            Trevor Jones