The Western Veil Nebula
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Added October 12, 2019 ...
The Eastern Veil Nebula (NGC 6992)
I took this image on the night of Saturday, October 12, 2019. This is a collection of 163 frames at 30 seconds each for a total of a 1 hour, 21 minute, and 30 second exposure. This nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust. It is the remnant filament of a supernova explosion that occurred about 8,000 years ago, perhaps from a star about 20 times more massive than our sun. It is about 1,470 light-years away. This is part of the 'Cygnus loop' in the constellation Cygnus the Swann and is high overhead at 10 pm in early October (However, you can't see it without the aid of a telescope and time-lapse photography).

The Techy Stuff: (For those who want to know)
Telescope: Celestron 11" Edge HD
Reducer: Starizona HyperStarHD (f/2) Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro TEC
Filter: Altair QuadBand OSC CCD 2" Narrow Band
Camera Settings: 30 seconds at gain of 3,000 ... temp: 32°F (0°C)
Capture Software: SharpCap Pro v3.2.6054 64 bit
Mount: Celestron AVX
Mount Control: Celestron PWI v2.2.3
Subframes: 163
Darks: 60
Bias: 60
Flats: 60
Guide Scope: No Guiding ... tracking only via the mount
Guiding Software: PHD 2 ... not used
Polar Alignment: QHY Pole Master
Stacking: Deep Sky Staker v4.2.2 64 bit
Post Procession: PixInsight & PhotoShop CC
Bortle Light Pollution zone: 6.5
Seeing Conditions: 10 (out of 10)
Lunar interference: 98% illuminated waxing moon Temperature: 69F (20.5C), Dew Point 62F (16.1C)
Location: My Heavenly Garden Backyard, Savannah, GA



The Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope pointing at the moon and Jupiter. I also use this scope for the this view of the Eastern Veil Nebula.


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