Veil Nebula (western part): This beautifully colored nebula is the western part of the Veil Nebula complex. The shock waves of the Super Nova explosion of a star several times the mass of our sun, 5000-8000 years ago, excite the interstellar gas to glow. The thin colorful slices of glowing hydrogen and oxygen gas can be observed, because we look onto them edge-on.

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Object Veil Nebula (western part)
Category Super Nova Remnants
Designation NGC 6960
Constellation Cygnus
Optics Vixen R200SS 8 inch f/4.6 with Televue SBIG Paracorr
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 20min (1x1 bin) Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 20min (1x1 bin) Baader [OIII] filter. 4 x 5min Astrodon True ballance B filter. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code R:H-alpha,G:[OIII], B
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 27 Sep 2009
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