Western Veil and Pickering’s Triangle

The Veil Nebula (or Cygnus Loop) appears in the constellation of Cygnus and is approximately 1500 light years from earth. It is the result of a supernova that occurred 5000 to 10000 years ago.

The mosaic below shows only a portion of the entire nebular complex, including the Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960), also known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula, and Pickering’s Triangle (NGC 6979).

Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) and Pickering's Triangle (NGC 6979) - Ha Filter
Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) and Pickering's Triangle (NGC 6979) – Ha Filter

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Image Details:
Mosaic of 6×3 Ha filtered images. Each image consists of 22-36 10-minute exposures. Images taken between August 17th and September 19th, 2008.

Imaging Equipment: WO ZS 80 II ED, DSI Pro II, Razorback Cooler, Baader 7nm Ha filter, WO 0.8x Flattener II
Guilding: Orion 80mm ST, DSI Pro
Mount: CGE

Information concerning the Veil Nebula from:
European Space Agency. “Uncovering The Veil Nebula.” ScienceDaily 6 August 2007.

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