NGC 6960 – Cyg
NGC 6960 is part of the famous “Veil Nebula”, the remnant of a supernova exploded about 10.000 years ago. Its distance is estimated in about 1500 light years and it is apparently in the same direction of the bright star 52 Cyg, which is just on the same line of sight, being at about 1/5th of the nebula distance. It was discovered by W. Herschel in 1784.
This image was captured with the Planewave 17″ unit, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 15 exposures, with 5 minutes of integration each, were averaged; a 90% Moon was pr3esent and quite high in the sky. Images were taken through an H-Alpha filter (7nm) and were unguided, completely trusting the Paramount ME mount, by Software Bisque. The CCD camera is a SBIG STL-6303E. The image scale is of 0.9 “/pixel.
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