NGC 6992, The Bridal Veil Nebula
NGC 6992, The Bridal Veil Nebula, Constellation: Cygnus
Comments: This ghostly haze, the Eastern arc of the Veil Nebula, is probably a mite easier to see and image than Cygnus' nearby Crescent Nebula, but it is still a considerably dim object. It's a treat from a really dark site with an OIII filtered C8, but even then, the night and sky have to be right. Some people say the Eastern arc is brighter than the Western arc, but I've always felt the opposite.
This huge object, at least three degrees across once you take all its arcs and patches into account, is a supernova remnant that popped off 5 - 10,000 years ago. It's thought to be about 1400 light-years distant.
The teeny tiny refractor didn't have much trouble with this one...or wouldn't have if I'd gotten my act together. I forgot to take dark frames. I could have focused better. I could have guided as 1 minute subframes would probably have been much better. Despite the "couldas" brought on by this being the first image I've been able to take after a lousy summer, I'm pleased as it shows the potential of the increasingly popular "66es" for imaging. Wonder what the ST2000 would do with this little scope? Hmmm...
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