NGC 6960 – The Western Veil nebula


The Western portion of the Veil Nebula, in the constellation Cygnus. Here we see the remains of a star about 20 times more massive than the sun that exploded between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago. The remaining gases and dust are ionized and better visible with a narrowband filter that I used showing only Hydrogen-alpha and Oxygen-III emissions.

Technical details:

Telescope: William Optics GT81 and field flattener
Mount: iOptron CEM26EQ
Camera: ZWO ASI 2600 MC Pro
Exposure: 44 x 5-minute exposures with a Optolong L-eNhance filter for the nebula and 20 x 2-minutes exposures without filter for the stars
Location: Sainte-Sophie, Qc
Date: September 2023