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NGC6960 Cirrus Nebula

NGC6960 Cirrus Nebula

DETAILS: Imaged on 8-21-01 with LX200 10" at f5.75, Hutech LPS filter, CFW-8, and ST-10XME, guided by an AO-7 (Adaptive Optics). Imaged through a Schuler 3nm hydrogen alpha filter in 4 ten minute integrations. Aligned and combined in MaxIm DL, with smoothing applied in SGBNR, and an unsharp mask applied.

COMMENTARY: NGC6960 is part of the Veil Nebula located in the Constellation Cygnus. It is a supernova remnant from the explosion of a star some millions of years ago. It is in the western part of the Veil Nebula, and the bright star is 52 Cygni. The entire Veil Nebula covers a wide circular arc in the sky. Long exposures with a hydrogen alpha filter bring the wispy detail quite nicely.

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