Western Veil Nebula NGC 6960

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.  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 some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago. 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 Hubble Space Telescope captured several images of the nebula. The analysis of the emissions from the nebula indicate the presence of oxygen, sulfur, and hydrogen. This is also one of the largest, brightest features in the x-ray sky.

Western Veil Nebula NGC 6960 Ha Western Veil Nebula NGC 6960


Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960)


July 30, 2013 (Ha) & July 31, 2013 (RGB)


Telescope: Takahashi Sky 90II with F/4.5 reducer/flattener

Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM w/ CFW9v2 (Astronomik HaLRGB)

Autoguider: Orion Starshoot

Guidescope: Orion 80mm Shorty

Mount: Celestron CG-5 Mount

Exposure Info: Ha: 24 x 5 mins
R: 6 x 5 mins
G: 6 x 5 mins
B: 6 x 5 mins
Total Exposure Time: 3 hours 30 mins


Maxim DL 5.23, Photoshop CS6


I am retiring my SBIG ST-2000XM, CFW9v2, and Astronomik HaLRGB filters as I am trading up to an SBIG ST-10XME, CFW10, and Ha, SII, OIII, and LRGB Astrodon filters.  This is my last image with the ST-2000XM

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