Veil Nebula

NGC 6992, NGC 6960, NGC 6979, NGC 6974, Pickering's Triangle

Veil Nebula

Distance: 1,470 Light Years                           Telescope: Televue NP101 + .8 Reducer

Magnitude:  8                                                     Camera: QSI 683

Size:  180×180 Arc-minutes                          Mount: AP 900

Age: 5,000-8,000 Years                                   Exposures: Ha 12×1200, OIII 12×1200 For Each Panel

The Veil nebula is a large supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. It consists of several nebula each with their own names-> NGC 6960 is the Western Veil, NGC 6992 is the Eastern Veil, Pickering’s Triangle, NGC 6974, and NGC 6979. The entire area is about 3 degrees across at a distance of 1,470 light years. The Veil nebula is the result of a very large star going supernova about 5,000 to 8,000 years ago. The resulting structure is shaped by the very large amounts of energy that form a shock wave that expands into the surrounding space and not only shapes but also illuminates the dust and gas in the area.

NGC 6960, Witches Broom Nebula, Finger of God Nebula, Filamentary Nebula

NGC 6960

NGC 6960, the Western Veil, has several common names. These are the Witches Broom, Finger of God, and Filamentary nebula. The star next to the nebula is 52 Cygni.

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

NGC 6992

NGC 6992, the Eastern Veil, also contains NGC 6995 and IC 1340. The thinner part is NGC 6992 and the first wider part is NGC6995 followed by IC 1340.

Pickering's Triangle

Pickering’s Triangle

Pickering’s Triangle, is the large broom head shaped object between the Eastern and Western Veil. (Some internet sources name this as NGC 6979 but it is doubtful William Herschel meant this object when he discovered this area. Pickering’s Triangle was discovered by photographs at a later date.) NGC 6974 and NGC 6979 are the two smaller nebula with the brighter knots between Pickering’s and the Eastern Veil.

All of the images shown here are captured using only Hydrogen alpha and OIII filters. There is plenty of Sulfur present in this area but I did not like the image color when this filter was added. The mosaic consists of 4 panels consisting of the Eastern, Western, and Pickering’s nebulas plus a filler image to fill in the gap.



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