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NGC6960 Witch's Broom / Lacework Nebula

Classification: Nebula / NGC6960 / C34
Constellation: Cygnus (CYG)
Object Location: Ra 20h 46m 19s Dec +30° 46’37° (current)
Size & Distance: Apx. 70.0 x 30.0 Apx. 1470 light years.

Date & Location: 05-11-2010 Joshua Tree National Park.
Exposure: HaOlllRGB, Ha=R, Olll=B&G, 4ea @ 15min. (bin 1x1) RGB= 3ea. @ 4min. (bin 2x2)
Optics: Takahashi Epsilon 210 f/3 630mm / FLI-DF-2 focuser.
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: SBIG-ST10XME / Guided by TV60APO / w SBIG-RGH
Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha-Olll, G2-RGB
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS5

Notes: Sky conditions: Good seeing, Light wind, Temp 60°
Image Field of view is 54 x 80 arcmin.
This image was an Astronomy Magazine Picture Of The Day Sept-2011

NGC 6960, the Western Veil, is the western part of the remnant, also known as the "Witch's Broom”.  Its number is sometimes used as an NGC identifier for the nebula as a whole. NGC 6960 is one of three main nebulas that make up the Cygnus Loop.