Veil Nebula. The Dragon’s Head


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This is another fragment of the Veil Nebula, the large, bright, supernova remnant (SNR) located in the northern constellation Cygnus. This fragment lies south of another fragments of this SNR in this web site: the Northern Pencils, and the Fleming’s Triangular Wisp. Still, another fragment has been included, the Bat Nebula. These previous fragments contain detailed descriptions that offer insight into this fragment as well. This image has been taken with narrowband filters (Halpha and OIII) and color mapped to natural colors.


Additional Information


Name(s): veil Nebula. The Dragon’s head

Type: Supernova Remnant

RA:  20h 49m 46s

Dec: +30º 18’ 54”

Constellation: Cygnus

Size (arcmin): 200×200 arcmin

Magnitude: +5.0

Distance: 2,100 ly


Date: 2022-10-20 to 2022-11-06

Location: Curiosity2 Observatory, New Mexico Skies, Mayhill, NM, USA

Size (arcmin): 30×30 arcmin

Telescope: 24” (61 cm) f/6.5 Reflector

Camera: FLI PL16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 37 hours (Ha: 16h 40m; OIII: 17h 20m; RGB: 3h)

Processing: CCDStack, PixInsight (one step) and Photoshop CC 2023

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