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Eastern and Western Veil (NGC 6992,6960): This is the debris that remained after a Super Nova explosion, about 5000 - 8000 years ago, somewhere in the center of this image, tore a star many times the mass of the sun into pieces. Left bottom is the Eastern Veil and at the top the Western Veil Nebula running through the star 52 Cygni. In between  another very faint nebula  called Pickering´s Triangular Visp can be seen. The bright star to the left is Epsilon Cygni, also called Gienah Cygni.

This wide-angle view shows the unearthly beauty of what remained after the cataclysmic event in its full extent.

Have a look at the Hi-Res version for a closer inspection of the intricate structures of this cosmic veil.



Object Veil Nebula
Category Emission Line Images
Designation NGC 6992,6960
Constellation Scorpius
Optics Canon EF lens 200mm 1:2.8 @ f/3.5
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 20min H-alpha, 4 x20min [OIII], 3 x 20min [SII] Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5,Photoshop. Color Code R:[SII], G:H-alpha, B:[OIII]
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 8+9 July 2010,
 
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