C34 – The Western Veil Nebula

Andrei Bacila
Location of photo
Sofronea, Arad, Romania
Date/Time of photo
July 30th and Aug 13th-14th 2016
SkyWatcher ED80 telescope with 0.8x FR, AZ-EQ6 GT mount, Atik 460ex mono camera with 1.25" Baader filters
The Western Veil nebula (catalogued as Caldwell 34 and also less formally known as Witch's Broom Nebula) is part of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant. As the debris from the explosion move at very high speeds through space, they heat the surrounding gas to millions of degrees. As it cools, this creates the colorful glows pictured here. The bright star in the middle of this frame is 52 Cygni, superimposed on the nebula but physically unrelated to the supernova remnant.
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About Andrei Bacila

I'm a Romanian astrophotographer. I live in Timisoara, Romania and shoot my astrophotographs from a moderately light polluted site in the countryside. I started doing astrophotography at the beginning of 2015 and I've been enjoying it ever since. I started with DSLR camera but later moved to a dedicated cooled CCD. My current setup consists of a SkyWatcher ED80 refractor with a 0.8x FR/FF that sits on a AZ-EQ6 GT mount. The camera I'm currently using is an Atik 460ex mono coupled with a EFW2 filter-wheel and 1.25" filters. I enjoy shooting RGB compositions but due to my location this can sometimes be difficult. Whenever my time allows it I try to travel to a less light polluted site to get better captures.
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