Sunday, 1 December 2013

NGC 6960

NGC 6960 / C34/ Western Veil nebula
Constellation - Cygnus
Bright nebula
Distance - 2600Ly
Mag 5

Date 1/12/13
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - 3/5
SQM 21.42 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 28mm ES x68 TFoV 1˚
Filter - TS OIII

Sketch notes
My favourite part of the Veil.
The SW edge showed two bright filaments which faded towards 52 Cygni while the east side (of the sketch) throws out great plumes of clouds fading as you scan along it.
The Veil has become my first object to view at dark sites while letting my eyes adapt and scope to cool, I don't think any sketch or image can beat seeing it with your own eyes from dark skies.

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