Eastern Veil Nebula NGC 6992 and NGC 6995

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.

Eastern Veil Nebula NGC 6992 and NGC 6995 NGC6992-NGC6995-HaR-RGBFinalHP


 Eastern Veil Nebula (IC 1340, NGC 6992, NGC 6995)


July 20, 2013 (Ha) & July 28, 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: 28 x 5 minsR: 5 x 5 minsG: 5 x 5 minsB: 5 x 5 minsTotal Exposure Time: 3 hours 35 mins


Maxim DL 5.23, Photoshop CS6


I was able to run 28, 5 minute subs continuously without interruption. The Moon was almost full during the Ha session. Followed up with an RGB session on July 28th.

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