"Veil Nebula" ("Cygnus Loop") Supernova Remnant


The Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop, is a large complex of nebulae resulting from a supernova that occurred between five and eight thousand years ago. It currently spans 3x3 degrees of the sky, approximately six times the diameter of the full moon. It was discovered by William Herschell in 1784.

The section to the right is NGC 6960. It passes through the bright star 52 Cygni. The section to the left is NGC 6992/5. The nebulosity at the upper right is NGC 6979; this is also known as Pickerings triangle. The fainter nebulosity to the left of NGC 6979 is NGC 6974.

Telescope: William Optics Star-71 f/4.9 imaging refractor
Camera: Canon 650D (Hap Griffin modified); Raw setting; ISO 1600
Mount: Orion Sirius
Guiding: Orion SSAG on StellarVue 60mm finder scope

14 @ 5 min.

Processing: Images were focused using live view on the camera. They were converted with Canon's software and calibrated, aligned, and combined in ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted (Levels, Curves) in Photoshop. Sharpening was done with Topaz Detail and noise removed with Topaz DeNoise

Captured on 6/21-22/14 from my backyard in southeastern Minnesota. Temp: 63 F. Humidity 80%

This was first light for my William Optics Star71 refractor.

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