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The Veil Nebula in Cygnus is the remnant of a supernova that occurred about 35,000 years ago. We see fragments of an expanding shell of heated gasses. Of all of the large objects in the sky, the Veil has the most prominent bluish-green nebulosity due to fluorescence of ionized oxygen-III.

Move mouse cursor over image to see natural vigetting of lens. Move mouse cursor off image to see it anti-vignetted. Note that the vignetting of this lens at f/2.8 is about the same as other excellent lenses and scopes I've used at f/5.6 or f/6.7.

  • Object: Veil Nebula
  • Distance: 2,500 light years
  • Size: 100 light years
  • Exposure: 60 minutes @ f/2.8, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter
  • Lens: Olympus 250mm f2
  • Mount: Losmandy GM-8
  • Guiding: SBIG ST-4 @ 700mm
  • Camera: Olympus OM-1
  • Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 200
  • Location: South Carver, MA
  • Date: 30-May-00 02:14 EDT
  • Conditions: seeing 7/10, LVM 5.7, temp 55° F
  • Processing: UMAX PowerLook 3000, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

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