Description

NGC 6960 is the west end of the Veil Nebula complex. (this part is also sometimes called “The Witch’s Broom Nebula”).
The east end can be found under catalog no. NGC 6992.

This nebula is a supernova remnant, the host star exploded about 5.000 to 8.000 years ago.
The bright star in the center (52 Cygni) is not related to the nebula.
NGC 6960 lies at a distance of about 1.400 light years.

Previous/older images:

Oct 04, 2005 – Canon 20D (Orion USA 80/600 ED, OTE-150 28m)

Image data

Object info
Name NGC6960 – The Veil Nebula
Type Supernova remnant
Constellation Cygnus
Right ascension 20h 45m 38s
Declination +30° 42′ 30″
Distance 1.470 ly
Other designations Cirrus Nebula, Caldwell 33/34, Witch’s Broom Nebula
Image info
Image date Aug. 30, 2010
Light frames 15x 4 min. IDAS LPS-P2 unbinned
Total integration 1h
Dark frames 5x
Flat frames 10x p. filter unbinned. Created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 10x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, PixInsight LE, Photoshop CS2
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in ImagesPlus 2.8.
Photoshop CS2 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters 2″ IDAS LPS-P2
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

First test image after completely regreasing both RA and Dec on the G-11.