The Veil Nebula, NGC 6960/6992/6995/6974/6979, aka the Cygnus Loop, covers an area
3 full degrees in diameter, and is shown here in a wide field view. It is made up from a
cloud of ionized gas left over from a supernova explosion around 5-8,000 years ago. It is
about 1500 light years away. The Western Veil (Witches Broom) is seen to the right, and
it contains the bright star 52 Cygni. The Eastern Veil is seen on the left. The triangular
section to the top right is referred to as Pickering's Triangle.
Date: Aug 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Takahashi FSQ106ED 530 mm focal length
Mount: Orion Atlas
Camera: SBIG STL-11000 Camera
Exposure: RGBHA - R:12x6 min, G:13x6 min, B:13x10 min, HA: 14x10 min for a total of 7
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop. The HA exposures were used
for the luminance channel.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA