Unveiling the Remnants Reloaded

Summer targets in the Milky Way core are already peeking. This is hands down one of my favorite regions in the night skies – the Cygnus Loop in nebulous-rich constellation of Cygnus (the Swan). This filamentary region is comprised of the remains of a supernova that is said to have occurred over 8000 years ago. The prominent components of the Loop are, from left to right, the Eastern Veil Nebula (NGC 6992), Pickering’s Triangle (6979), and the Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960). The Cygnus Loop is located about 1,470 light years away from earth. What an amazing Universe…. remember to EXPERIENCE it!

Total integration of 50 minutes captured with AA Hypercam 26c, Skywatcher 72ED APO, Askar 0.8 flatfield reducer on a Explore Scientific EXOS 2GT mount.

Exif: Gain 200; Offset 3; TEC cooled to 10 degrees.

Astro Pixel Processor, PixInsight, StarNet++, PS 2022, Topaz Denoise


  1. Very nice as usual Drex, and thank you for your commentary it really helps put everything into context. Advances in modern Astro photography has really made capturing these objects and images possible. For the most part naked eye astronomy will only leave you seeing a greenish blue blob, especially when it comes to nebulae and other luminous objects. It used to be hours of guided time with actual photographic plates but now modern electronics has definitely speeded up the process and made it possible for even the backyard astronomer to capture amazing images. As I recall the veil nebula actually takes up a pretty good chunk of the sky.
    Certainly more than one field width in your average old time Plossl eyepiece!
    As I recall as the summer goes on there will be some pretty good other objects coming into view. As I recall there was a lot of pretty neat stuff around the tail of Scorpio also.
    Looking forward to all your posts.


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