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The Cygnus Veil Complex


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About this observation
Jan Rek
Time of observation
01/09/2016 - 23:00
Veil Nebula
Observing location
ICAstro site Alcalali, Spain. Elevation 230 m. Lat 38°:45.4 N, Long 00°:02.1 W
Takahashi FSQ106N at 530mm focal length
Paramount ME German equatorial Mount
Camera SBIG ST-11000M with FW-8L filter wheel
Exposures: Lum 18 x 10min. R:G:B each master 10x10 min. Ha:OIII both 12x20 min All sub-exposures -10 or -15°C. All images binned 1x1

Jan captured this image remotely, using his own equipment which is installed at the site in Alcali, Spain.  At a distance of about 1,500 light years, the veil nebula is a large supernova remnant from a massive star.  It is an expanding cloud resulting from the explosion of the star which occurred ~ 5,000 years ago.  The area covered is now about 70 light years across and from Earth this is an apparent size of about 6 Moon diameters in the sky.

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