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The  WEstern  Veil  Nebula,  NGC 6960,  in  Cygnus

  NGC 6960 is at the western side of the Veil complex of nebulae. North is left in this image. The Veil is a supernova remnant and consists of gases blasted off an exploding star and now expanding through space. The luminescence of the gases is caused by heating due to the high-velocity shock wave.  The western Veil, NGC 6960, and eastern Veil, NGC 6992, form a circle, the Cygnus Loop, around the location of the original supernova. The two semicircles are separated by a third, unnumbered component, Pickering's Triangular Nebula.  The eastern portion of the Veil is shown here.

Date

 2003-07-03, -04

Scope

 Takahashi Epsilon 160 at f/3.3 on A-P 1200GTO mount; unguided         

Exposure

 SBIG ST-10XME camera with CFW-8a color wheel:  5 x 3 min 1x1 binning RGB.

Processing 

 Acquired and color-combined in MaxIm, stretched in PhotoShop.