Mosaic of Veil Nebula in Cygnus

This is large, about 30,000 years old supernova remnant in Cygnus. It covers more than 230' patch of sky just E of 52 Cygni (see finder chart below). While filters are frequently recommended by different "authorities", Eastern region (NGC6992-5) does not recquire any and its ghostly crescent is too difficult to spot in 10 x 50 binoculars under dark skies. Western part (NGC6960) is a bit tougher due to a blinding interference of 52 Cygni but its brightest filaments are noticable in a 6 inch scope and a view through a 10 inch instrument is truly spectacular. Compare it to about 1,000 years "young" Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus.

The above mosaic was assembled from 48 tiles made from 240 images taken on October 15, 16 and 17, 1999 from Sooke, B.C. I used Celestron Ultima 8 SCT at f3.0 and Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera. For each tile, five 60 sec. exposures were taken through infrared blocking filter and then combined with Multi245 software from Richard Berry. The mosic was then composed using Corel PhotoPaint 8.

The above image is reduced to 25% of the original. North is up.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 10. North is up.

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Eastern Region of Veil Nebula


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