Marfa Western Veil Nebula

Marfa Western Veil Nebula

The Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) with the Witch's Broom adjacent to 52 Cygni at the bottom. These filamentary nebula are remnants of a super nova explosion from over 5000 years ago. The Veil nebula is about 2600 light years distant. The dark skies of Marfa allow true color broadband imaging. I used a William Optics Redcat 250/51mm f/4.9 Petzval refracting telescope, Baader UV/IR cut filter, and ZWO ASI533 MC Pro cooled camera on a Sky-Watcher AZ EQ5 Pro mount. Imaging was controlled with a ZWO ASIAIR Pro astrophotography controller.Image data taken 2021-06-11 from 07:30 to 10:30 UT with 3 hours of total exposure. 59 of 67 3 minute exposure images were calibrated with a master dark, drizzel stacked, and processed in Pixinsight, with RC-Astro Noise/Blur/StarXTerminator plugins. Final exposure and crop in PS.

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Date Taken: 2021-06-11




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