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 Veil Nebula Complex 
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NGC6992 Crop

Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star. About 9,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop. At the time, the expanding cloud was likely as bright as a crescent Moon, remaining visible for weeks to people living at the dawn of recorded history. Today, the resulting supernova remnant has faded and is now visible only through a small telescope directed toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). The remaining Veil Nebula is physically huge, however, and even though it lies about 1,400 light-years distant, it covers over five times the size of the full Moon. In images like this of the complete Veil Nebula, studious readers should be able to identify several of the individual filaments. A bright wisp at the bottom is known as the Witch's Broom Nebula. [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/3.6 383mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod
Filters: OSC
Guiding Systems: Tecnosky 60/228 Guide Scope- SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 6 July 2013
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: OSC => 80 = > (16x5) ISO 1600 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: Ambient 11C
Acquisition: BackyardEOS, TheSkyX
Processing: PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 2.22
SQM-L: 21.33 / 21.52