The Veil Nebula HaRGB - Widefield

Veil Nebula in HaRGB

The Veil Nebula in Cygnus [please click on the image to see it much larger].

Please click here to see the H-Alpha layer.

At bottom of this page is an unreduced cropped section of the Eastern Veil in H-Alpha to show the full resolution of the H-Alpha data.


The diffuse nebula NGC 6960 marks the western half of a faint nebula, which is sometimes called Wreath, sometimes Loop or Network. Best known under the name Veil Nebula. More than 50,000 years ago a supernova exploded south of epsilon Cyg, close to the southern border of Cygnus. Nowadays the afterglowing gas forms this large nebula which shows a circular shape. The eastern and brighter part of this nebula got its own NGC number: NGC 6992. It is a challenge for binoculars. You need best conditions to observe it. Using a wide-angle telescope at low power will show NGC 6992.Despite its overall brightness of about mag 5, this object is only visible to the naked eye under exceptionally good viewing conditions, because its light is distributed over the object's large size.

Technical Details:
Takahashi FSQ F/5 4 element Flurorite Refractor w SBIG STL11000 ccd camera and Astronomiks 6nm H-Alpha filter
13 x 20 minutes = 4 hours 20 minutes
Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
H-Alpha data on June 21st 2008
RGB data on Aug 2nd 2008
Ambient temp 14 celcius; bright Moon for H-Alpha but EXCELLENT seeing! New moon for RGB
Images captured and reduced (darks and flats) in CCDSoft v5.0
Images aligned and combined in Maxim DL
Levels and curves and very mild sharpening in Photoshop CS2.
Gradient removal via Russ Croman's GradientXTerminator.

Full resolution crop of the Eastern Veil section:

Eastern Veil