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NGC 6960, 6992, 6995 - 14.9.2014 at 22.20 Järvenpää Observation number 30260

Visibility IV / V

Toni Veikkolainen, Keski-Uudenmaan Altair

Shooting the gauze with a modified camera had been in my plans for some time. I have been particularly interested in seeing how much red light accumulates in the fog, which, especially among visual observers, is accustomed to being best seen in the light of the O-III spectral line, but in photographs usually anything but monochrome green.

Most of the exposures I took of the subject were half a minute long. The eastern part of the object that stands out on the left (NGC 6992) was, as expected, brighter than the western side near the right edge of the image (NGC 6960). The so-called Pickering triangle stands out between them closer to the west. The dimmer parts of the nebula complex that fit in the image area are between NGC 6974 and NGC 6979 between the Pickering triangle and the eastern part. Immediately to the west of Harsosum is a dark fog that appears as a slightly darker area relative to the rest of the star field in the image.

I took my picture during the Altair observation night, and while filming we were already watching the clearly dimmed Jacques comet with a telescope. Unfortunately, however, the comet was on top of a brighter star at the same time, and the fogging of the optics didn’t particularly help Koma stand out. However, I have to look at the comet again.

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • NGC 6960, 6992, 6995
    • Näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Cygnus
  • Weather
    • Selkeää, Kuu nousemassa, ilmankosteus suuri ongelma
  • Darkness
    • Good
  • Seeing
    • Good
  • Limiting magnitude
    • 5.5
  • Nebulae
    • Supernova remnant info

      Supernova remnant is the remnant of the big star died in supernova explosion. The supernova remnants are quite irregularly shaped. Rather many of them ring-like strusture.

      The moderate big instruments and possibly special filters are needed to see supernova remnants.


      The Crab Nebula was born in a star explosion in  1054. This is the easiest supernova remnant in the sky to observe. Image Tero Hirvikoski.


      The supernova remnant Simesis 147 is in Taurs and Auriga. Image J-P Metsävainio.


      The Veil Nebula in Cygnus is wide-area supernova remnant in the sky. There is a detailed image of the boxed area. Image J-P Metsävainio.


      This detail of Veil Nebula is known as Pickering's Triangle. Image J-P metsävainio.


      A strip of Veil Nebula. Image Rauno Päivinen.

Technical information

Canon EOS 1100d mod + Nikkor 300mm f / 2.8, total exposure 19 min, as tracking device Astrotrac TT-320X

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