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Catalogue and alternative designations

NGC 6960 and NGC 6992 the most prominent parts of the Veil nebula complex

Type Supernova remnant
Position 20 45 38, +30 42 30 (NGC 6960), 20 56 23, +31 43 (NGC 6992)
Constellation Cygnus
Camera and Telescope QSI 583 WSG, 20cm Maksutov Newtonian courtesy Dean Salman
Focal Ratio F4
Exposure Details HaRGB 140:80:80:80 with Astrodon series 2 filters
Description The Veil nebula is probably the second most well known supernova remnant after the Crab nebula.  These images are of the western part with the foreground star 52 Cygni (NGC 6960) and the the also prominent eastern part (NGC 6992).  The whole complex covers about 3 degrees and there are several catalogued objects contained within, the main ones being, in addition to NGC 6960 and NGC 6992, NGC6995 and IC 1340.  The Veil is comparatively close at 1470 light years and the supernova explosion that created it was some 5000 - 8000 years ago.