The Witch's Broom (NGC 6960)

Posted by BobFranke
on Friday, September 23, 2011

by Bob Franke
Taken with an SBIG STL-11000 camera, using Astrodon filters and an RCOS 12.5" scope.

The Western Veil, NGC 6960, commonly named The Witch's Broom, is part of the Veil Nebula, which is also known as the Cygnus Loop. The Veil nebula is located in the constellation, at a distance of about 1400 light-years. Its apparent size is more than five times the full Moon.

Exposure Details
Synthetic color, (Ha:OIII:OIII mapped to r,g & b), with LRGB stars overlayed
Ha 540 min (18 x 30 min)
OIII 540 min (18 x 30 min)
Lum 465 min (16 x 15 min)
RGB 270 min ( 6 x 15 min)

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