My photo of Veil Nebula

252 Lights. 60 second exp each. 29 Darks. 28 Flats. 29 Dark Flats. 800 ISO. Total integration: 4 hours, 12 minutes. Bortle 3 (backyard, north east Oregon farm.)

Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop. Image cropped.

RedCat on Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro with Zwo mini guide cam and scope via PhD2. Cam: DSLR, Canon 90D. Polar align via SharpCap.

Photo includes NGC 6960, the Western Veil, an emission nebula, the western part of the remnant, also called the “Witch’s Broom”, as well as part of The Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103).

“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, a supernova remnant, many portions of which have acquired their own individual names and catalogue identifiers. The source supernova was a star 20 times more massive than the Sun which exploded between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago.

“Some arcs of the loop, known collectively as the Veil Nebula or Cirrus Nebula, emit in the visible electromagnetic range. Radio, infrared, and X-ray images reveal the complete loop.

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