NGC 6960: the Witch’s Broom of Western Veil

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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.  This Witch’s Broom actually spans about 35 light-years. The bright star in the frame is 52 Cygni, visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova remnant.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher 6 inch F-5 Newtonian
Imaging cameras: Atik 314L+ Mono, Atik 314 L+ OSC
Mounts: iOptron iEQ-45
Software: PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker, Artemis Capture
Filters: Astronomik CLS CCD
Accessories: kwiq guider mini guide scope
Dates: Aug. 31, 2013
Frames: 60×180″

Autor: John Leader

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