NGC 6960 Starless


The Veil Nebula is a remnant of a supernova which occurred approximately 10,000 years ago.  the nebulosity in the top half of the image is NGC 6960, sometimes referred to as the Witch's Broom.  The nebulosity in the lower half is actually the south part of Fleming's Triangle or Simeis 3-188.  This image is only a small portion of the Veil Nebula.  The shock wave formed as a result of the supernova continues to sculpt the Cygnus Loop.

 

I have chosen to remove the stars in this image to highlight the beautiful wisps of nebulosity.  A version with stars can be seen here.

 

I have imaged this area in the past with different telescopes.  In my opinion the Veil Nebula is one of the most beautiful areas of the night sky.

 

OTA:  William Optics Star 71

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon Ha (3nm) OIII (3nm) and Series 2 RGB

Mount:  AP Mach 1

Exposure:  Ha:OIII:R:G:B     440:220:100:100:100

Data obtained:  June - Nov 2020


Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory