The Eastern Veil Nebula by Greg Polanski
Eastern Veil Nebula. (Greg Polanski)
The Eastern Veil Nebula by Greg Polanski

The eastern arc of the Veil Nebula, NGC6992/6995, is this week’s photo winner.

Photo of the Week for August 18, 2018

Cygnus is home to several deep-sky treasures, including a couple of well known big, faint nebulas. One of these is the Veil Nebula complex—the remnant of a supernova thought to have exploded some 8,000 years ago. The nebula has two main components that partially define a ragged, 3-degree-wide loop. The western portion is catalogued as NGC6960 and is often referred to as the “52 Cygni section,” thanks to the 4.2-magnitude star seemingly embedded in the nebulous strand. The brighter, eastern arc is NGC6992/6995, shown in the photo below. A narrow-band eyepiece filter, dark skies, and a wide-field telescope make viewing the Veil fairly easy.

The Eastern Veil Nebula by Greg Polanski
Eastern Veil Nebula. (Greg Polanski)

Greg Polanski of Kanata, Ontario, recorded this portrait of the Veil’s eastern section with a Sky-Watcher Black Diamond 150/750 6-inch f/5 reflector telescope (fitted with a Sky-Watcher coma corrector) and a QHYCCD QHY163C imaging camera. The final image combines a total of 2.8 hours of image data shot through a IDAS LPS D1 filter.

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