Witch’s Broom / Western Veil Nebula

Western Veil & Witch's Broom Nebula
Western Veil & Witch’s Broom Nebula photographed in December 2019

Witch’s Broom Nebula

Remnants from an explosion 10,000 years ago, the Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) is massive in the sky. Even my little 250mm telescope struggles to get all of the beauty in frame. The Western Veil Nebula has a more “Halloween” alternative name – The Witch’s Broom. But the colours of red & green, offset by the bright star 52 Cygni, give it a more #Christmas vibe in my view.

Capture details

Frames: 19×240″ (gain: 240.00) -20C
Integration: 1.3 hours
Darks: ~20
Flats: ~20
Bias: ~30
Avg. Moon age: 2.23 days
Avg. Moon phase: 5.53%
Temperature: -3.00

RA center: 20h 45′ 48″
DEC center: +30° 45′ 0″
Pixel scale: 1.355 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 34.692 degrees
Field radius: 0.454 degrees

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