“It is believed that this star was 20 times more massive than our Sun, since that time it has expanded to cover an area of the sky roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, and 36 times the area, of the full moon)” (Referenced from planetarium app Stellarium).
This large nebula is very tenuous in nature and has a very low surface area so you really need quite a dark sky to capture it. At my Stardust Observatory at Leyburn it does not get very high in the northern sky only about 30 degrees. It’s also only seen for a few months from August to October so it’s not an easy object to capture.
I’ve taken a closer look at the Veil Nebula with its many parts, the Eastern Veil also know as NGC 6992 or Caldwell 34 and NGC 6995 is quite colourful with very intricate structures. The Western Veil is known as NGC 6960 or the Witch’s broom, has this pretty bright star embedded into it only known as 52 Cygni.
There is another interesting feature called Pickering’s Triangle that I’ve also managed to capture in the middle of the nebula.
To capture this image I used a Canon 6D Mark 11 camera with a 70-200mm lens attached to a tracking telescope in the observatory. I wanted to capture a wider field of this area and really liked having that large open star cluster NGC 6940 in the constellation of Vulpecula in the filed of view.
I’ve also cropped in to concentrate of the large faint nebula itself with the Eastern and Western sections included.
There were 20 x 3 minutes images with corresponding dark frames captured, with ISO 3200.
Images were stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop.
Hubble Revisits the Veil Nebula - Apr 2, 2021 -
Hubble’s Caldwell Catalog – Caldwell 34 – Dec 18, 2019 -
~ The International Astronomical Unions Constellations (IAU) star charts at: