Veil loop

Veil nebula like many other sky gems has been discovered by William Herschel. He described its western part as “Extended; passes thro’ 52 Cygni… near 2 degree in length” and eastern end as “Branching nebulosity… The following part divides into several streams uniting again towards the south.” . It is a remnants of supernova explosion that took place several thousands years ago. It is pretty large but faint nebula placed about 1400 light years away. 

Five years ago I already imaged western and eastern Veil separately using Canon 20D and 6″ newtonian, and this time I decided to picture it at once. I used 135mm lens, so whole Veil complex is now framed plus some more – NGC6940 open cluster (already in Little Fox constellation) at lower right and faint Sh2-102 hydrogen patch next to bright 41 Cygni star at the right part. Image is composite of 150 minutes of Ha and Oiii narrowband exposures and 3×24 minutes of RGB. Made with QHY163M camera on Smart EQ Pro mount at Anticiana, Toscana.

Veil nebulae complex in Cygnus

Large version

Clear skies!

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