Pickering’s Triangle

Andrei Bacila
Location of photo
Sofronea, Arad, Romania
Date/Time of photo
July 1st and 8th 2016
SkyWatcher ED80 telescope with 0.8x FR, AZ-EQ6 GT mount, Atik 460ex mono camera with 1.25" Baader filters
The filaments pictured here are identified as NGC6979 also called the Pickering's Triangle and are part of the Veil Nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. This is glowing gas resulted from the explosion of a massive star approximately 7000 years ago. The shock wave of this explosion sweeps through the interstellar matter and excites the ionized hydrogen atoms to glow in red and the oxygen ones to glow in green-blueish hues.
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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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