Observation by John Hughes: NGC 6960 - Western Veil Nebula (Part 2)

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Mr John William Hughes


John Hughes


2019 Aug 23 - 23:02


2019 Sep 06 - 13:15


The Western Veil Nebula (NGC6960)

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Field centre

RA: 20h47m
Dec: +30°36'
Position angle: -6°16'

Field size

1°17' × 1°47'

  • William Optics Z103
  • ZWO ASI1600mm Pro Cooled
  • HEQ6R Pro
  • Baader 1.25" Ha and Oiii NB Filters

Gain 139, 300s exposure time


North Essex, UK

Target name

Western Veil


NGC 6960 - Western Veil Nebula (Part 2)

About this image

Went a bit mad over the Bank Holiday Weekend imaging this target. Spent three nights overall on it. I have posted the first nights work already but was not happy with the framing as I knew there was more to see below the broomstick.

The second night, 24 and 25 August, I felt was better framed. However, I went a bit mad as this was only my second narrow band session and was I playing with the filter wheel like a loon! I was trying them all Ha, Oiii and Sii, I even popped a few IR/UV subs in for good measure. You know if I could have wrapped cling film around it I would have shot that too....and probably got a better image.

Anyway, with complete disregard as to what the target needed to best show it I realised later (not even on the third night when I was trying sandpaper and cardboard in the filter wheel), that NGC 6960 looks great as an HOO image. Fortunately I had some subs;

Ha 16 x 300s gain 139

Oiii 20 x 300s gain 139

Both captured with the ZWO ASI1600mm Pro Cooled at -15c and a William Optics Z103 mounted on a HEQ6R Pro.

Apologies for the Harry Potter tag, its just when I look at this image I get the impression the witches broom has shot across the bottom from left to right then done a 180 and is heading back in the opposite direction. Not exactly a Nimbus 2000, its a bit more like Triggers!

Enjoy and any feedback welcome.


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