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Contains:  Veil nebula, Lace-work nebula, Filamentary nebula, NGC 6960, The star 52Cyg
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Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960, 


            Thomas Richter
Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960

Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960

Technical card

Resolution: 2511x3328

Dates:Aug. 23, 2019

ZWO 31mm Blue Filter: 8x300" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm Green Filter: 9x300" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm Red Filter: 11x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.3 hours

Darks: ~35

Flats: ~19

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 22.02 days

Avg. Moon phase: 51.31% job: 2955549

RA center: 20h 46' 3"

DEC center: +30° 40' 58"

Pixel scale: 1.104 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 48.740 degrees

Field radius: 0.639

Locations: Linden, Linden, Bayern, Germany

Data source: Traveller


Object description (

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 Western Veil (also known as Caldwell 34), consisting of NGC 6960 (the "Witch's Broom", "Finger of God", or "Filamentary Nebula") near the foreground star 52 Cygni.



Thomas Richter
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  • Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960, 


            Thomas Richter
  • Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960, 


            Thomas Richter
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    Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960, 


            Thomas Richter

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Western Veil Nebula - NGC6960, 


            Thomas Richter