Crab Nebula Binocular View

Messier 1
Messier 1

Object name: M1, Crab Nebula
Object type: Supernova remnant
Location: Lijiang, China
Date: November 27, 2014 05+30 hours
Media: Graphite pencil and yellow notebook paper. Scanned, inverted and processed in photoshop
Equipment: 15×70 Binoculars

Conditions: Clear sky with no moon, seeing 2/3, Bortle 5, Constellation above 60 degrees over the horizon.

Hello dear ASOD friends,

Since last time from Bogota Colombia, me and my family decided to move to Lijiang China. This is a very clean air “little” city (800000 hab aprox) and thanks to that and its altitude (2400 meters above sea level), I have had wonderful clear and dark nights to enjoy. Although it is only me and my binos since I sold my scope in Colombia, these skies have given me the most pleasant views of dim sky objects and now I am having the opportunity to add more and more dim DSOs to me sketching list. Let me invite you all to take a look in my blog for more sketches:

Clear skies and warm beds 🙂


NGC 6995 (Veil Nebula)

NGC 6995, "The Veil Nebula", a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus
NGC 6995, “The Veil Nebula”, a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus

Object Name: NGC 6995
Object Type: Supernova Remnant
Location: Morella (Spain)
Media: white paper, graphite pencil, 7B, HB, scanned and inverted with Paint
Equipment: Newton 8″ + plossl 25mm + OIII filter
Sky Conditions: Clear sky, no light pollution, good seeing and transparency
Notes: Without OIII filter that nebula appears as faint “cloud” at the eyepiece field but I can see some structures along the nebula. Using OIII filter the image is incredible!, I can see much more details and structures and the contrast between the sky and nebula is higher. One of my favourite objects, awesome.

Thank you.

The Veil with a pair of big binos

The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995
The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995

A pair of big binos are certainly complementary to a telescope and you’d be amazed at what they can reveal under a decent sky. Here’s how I saw the eastern Veil through my Nexus 100 binos under my Italian mountain sky, using a couple of 21mm Siebert Ultrawide eyepieces and a pair of UHC filters. According to my experience even a C8 would have a difficult time matching this, although obviously at only 24x the magnification was a lot lower. The field of view was cut slightly more than you’d expect with 80° eyepieces because it took me already about an hour and a half putting all this on paper (pencil on white paper) and given the very short eye relief of these eyepieces it was too tiring trying to scan the outer edges of the FOV every time. Well, I hope you like it…

Veil Nebula Complex – Widefield

Veil Nebula Complex - NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle
Veil Nebula Complex – NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle

Short description:

Object Name Veil Complex in Cygnus – NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle
Object Type supernova remnant
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 03.10.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Sky Watcher refractor 120/600 + GSO 30mm + Baader OIII
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 5,5 mag

Veil Complex (or Cygnus Loop) is a very popular object for bigger apertures (>10”) with OIII filter. But in past I dreamt to see it whole in one field of view. When I bought SW 120/600 I decided to try. I needed to use wide field GSO 30mm eyepiece with 70 degree AFOV, so I achieved 3,5 degree of FOV. It was sufficent 🙂
Full Veil Complex in one field of view looks really beatufiul. “Finger of God” and Eastern Veil shine bright on a dark sky backround and between them you can find misty shadow of Pickering Traingle.
I can say it’s really easy object, but one of the most spectacular ones.

You should try it!

Clear Sky

The Eastern Veil

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340


Here is one sketch from my Cirrus Observation/Drawing Project!!
NGC 6992/5
16″ 136-180x with OIII und UHC
Fst: 6m5; Adelegg 1100m; Germany
Sketch with Graphit Pencill and white Paper!
I have drawing the complete object in 4 individual drawings and then i put it together in one final drawing.

Heire the Link to the other Drawings:
The Cirrus Complex:

Lg von Hajü

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 - Original Negative Sketch
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 – Original Negative Sketch

The Whispy Veil

NGC 6960
NGC 6960

This is a sketch of NGC 6960, part of the Veil Nebula. Originally sketched on white paper, reversed and processed in Gimp 2. This is my second time doing this method, and I am pleased with the results.

Scope: Criterion RV-6
Ocular: GSO 32mm Plossl + Celestron.
Location: Prescott, AZ

Thanks for looking!

The Eastern Veil

Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)
Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)


I’d like to submit my latest sketch for the ASOD. The Object is the Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340) which I’ve observed with my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob. It was done at my observatory in Carù di Villa Minozzo, a small village in the Emilian Apennines of northern Italy on the evening of the 5th of July. Originally I used pencil on white paper and then elaborated it extensively on the pc to make it look as realistically as possible.

Have you ever had one of these drawings you’ve always wanted to make but never got round to it? Well, this one used to be mine. Perhaps I was afraid of the many subtleties, the complexity and the enormous amount of time involved (mostly because having to re-acclimatise my eyes to the dark after every pencil stroke). This nebula is so spectacular with the 2″ binoviewers and a couple of 82° eyepieces. It just didn’t fit in the FOV though and unfortunately I had to find a balance between the “snake’s teeth” (IC1340) and the bright NGC6992 area. It also took me quite some time indeed, but in the end I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you are too.

Kind regards,


The Crab Nebula

Messier 1
Messier 1

hi asod,I send my last observation of the Crab Nebula.this day the sky seemed to be good, but later was completely clouded wind.with these bad conditions, I was pleased with the observation.greetings and thanks.

Object Name: messier 1 / ngc 1952
Object Type: supernova remnant
Location: bonilla cuenca / spain
Date: 1 February 2013 hour 19:50 < 20:30
temp. 8,4° C humidity 67% nelm 5,4 bortle scale 3/9
Media: Canson 130g paper,graphite pencil,and gimp tools 2.8

optical equipment: meade lightbridge 10'' & explore scientific 30mm 82°
42x increases fov 1,9° 6mm exit pupil

The Eastern Veil

NGC 6992/6995
NGC 6992/6995

Hey Artists!

I send you the eastern veil in Cygnus seen in my 10 x 50 binocular! (SN – remnant). It was a bit hard to see against the starry sky, but after a time in the dark, I could see it better! Info on my sketch. I used pen and pencil on white paper (inverted).
Location : Trondheim, Norway.

Best wishes from: Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Messier 1

Messier 1
Messier 1

This is a sketch of M1 the crab nebula with my 10 inch F4.5 reflector viewed with a Watec 120N+ astro camera, the resulting live view was sketched from the monitor.
The Watec literally doubles the size of your scope so my 10 inch behaves like a 20 inch or slightly larger depending on the conditions.
The view was incredibly detailed and took about an hour to draw.

El Velo del Cisne

The Veil Nebula - NGC 6960/6962
The Veil Nebula - NGC 6960/6962

(Original text is in Spanish. English translation is at the bottom of the post.)

Nombre de objeto NGC 6960 y 6962
Tipo de objeto Nebulosas
Lugar Observatorio Astronomico ORION-San Agustin del Pozo- Zamora- España
Fecha 14 / 07/ 2012
Medios de Comunicación Lapiz de dibujo negro mas lapices de colores sobre una impresa del guide 9.0, Escaneado y invertidos los colores.

Los velos del cisne será una de las nebulosas mas bonitas del cielo vista con telescopios de buena abertura y con buenos cielos y usando algunos filtros como el UHC y el OIII. Estas nebulosas se observan mejor cuando están lo mas alto posible en el cielo y desde cielos contra mas negros mejor. NGC 6960 y 6992 son las partes más brillantes de la Nebulosa del Velo. Estas dos nebulosas fueron creados por una supernova hace unos 30.000 años, y tenemos la suerte de vivir en esta época qué aun es visible. 6960 pasa por detrás de 52 Cygni, una estrella a simple vista del ala oeste del Cisne. En esta sección se puede ver dividirse en las ramas bifurcadas. 6992 se encuentra a unos 2 grados de 52 Cygni y es algo más brillante que el 6960.

En mi 12″con un 20mm y un filtro OIII, el velo es increíble. 6992 tiene bucles y remolinos de nubosidad que dan un efecto tridimensional. Hay otras partes en la Nebulosa del Velo, la mayoría de ellos entre el dos secciones principales.

La mejor visión de ellos se consigue con oculares de gran campo y poco aumento y con un filtro OIII mejor que con UHC.
Los dibujos que vos presento se realizaron en una hora de observación con lápiz de dibujo sobre una carta del GUIDE 9.0
El dibujo de color se realizo después sobre el dibujo en blanco y negro y luego se invirtieron los colores. Después de realizar un dibujo de estos a una nebulosa la estampa de esta nebulosa se quedara para siempre en nuestra memoria.
Estas nebulosas se pueden ver desde cielos muy buenos casi con cualquier instrumento, pues yo he conseguido verla hasta con un simple TL de 60mm de abertura. El verano es la mejor época para ver este espectáculo.


Joaquin Tapioles

The Veil Nebula - NGC 6960/6962 - Color Version
The Veil Nebula - NGC 6960/6962 - Color Version


English Translation via Google:

Name of object NGC 6960 and 6962
Object Type Nebulae
Location Astronomical Observatory ORION-San Agustin del Pozo-Zamora, Spain
Date 14/07/2012
Media Pencil drawing more black colored pencils on a printed guide 9.0, Scanning and inverted colors.

The veils of the swan is one of the most beautiful of the sky nebulas seen with good telescopes and good heavens opening and using some filters like UHC and OIII. These nebulae are seen best when they are as high as possible in heaven and from heaven against blacks but better. NGC 6960 and 6992 are the brightest parts of the Veil Nebula. These two nebulae were created by a supernova about 30,000 years ago, and we are lucky to live in this age which is still visible. 6960 passes behind 52 Cygni, a star with the naked eye of the west wing of the Swan. In this section you can see divided into forked branches. 6992 is about 2 degrees of 52 Cygni and is somewhat brighter than the 6960.

In my 12 “with a 20mm filter and OIII, the veil is incredible. 6992 has loops and swirls of clouds that give a three dimensional effect. There are other parts in the Veil Nebula, most of them between two main sections.

The best vision eye is accomplished with them high and low magnification field and with a filter OIII better than with UHC. The drawings that you presented were performed in a time of observation with pencil drawing on a letter of GUIDE 9.0 The colored drawing was held after the drawing in black and white and then inverted the colors. After making a drawing of these to the image of this nebula nebula will remain forever in our memory. These nebulae are visible from heaven very good with almost any instrument, for I have managed to see even a single aperture 60 mm TL. Summer is the best time to see this show.


Joaquin Tapioles

The Veil Nebula (East)

NGC 6992-6995
NGC 6992-6995

Type: Nebula (Supernova Remnant)
Constellation: Cygnus
Observing Location: Bonilla. Cuenca. SPAIN
Date: Jule 30, 2011
Material used: graphite pencil on white paper. Sketch processed with Photoshop.
Telescope: Celestron S/C 8″
Eyepiece: 31 mm Hyperion (65x)
Filter: O-III
NELM: 21,37 mag/arc sg2; Temp.: 18ºC

More information about the sketch and NGC 6992-6995 in:

The Full Veil

Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula

Dear ASOD, hereby sending my sketch of the Veil nebula.

I wanted to sketch the whole Veil ever since I first saw this breathtaking nebula, but it’s so huge that I was never brave enough to give it a start. Some weeks ago I decided to give it a try, and here’s the result.

It took about 2 hours to finish, with all stars and nebulous areas drawn at the eyepiece in one session. As I’m observing from a very steep valley, my horizon is very high, so it was a real race with the time – perhaps that’s why a lot of stars are missing from the “less important” regions.

The sketch covers an area of about 4 times 1.5 FoV’s, done with a 12″ dobsonian, Baader Hyperion 21mm EP (71x), and a cheap O-III filter. Used an A/4 sketchbook, B and 5B pencils. Inverted on computer. Date/time: 08.27.2011 01:00-03:00 UT. Location: Nádasdladány, Hungary. SQM: 21.16m/arcsec^2.

Clear skies, Ferenc

Eastern Veil Nebula

NGC6992 / NGC6995 (Eastern Veil Nebula)
NGC6992 / NGC6995 (Eastern Veil Nebula)

Object name:Eastern veil nebulae(NGC6992/NGC6995),RA 20h 56m 24s Dec +31d 43m 00s
Object type:Supernova remnant(Nebulae).
Location:Seyed abad-Firuzkuh-Iran(35º 38′ N , 52º 22′ E) .
Time:2:30 local time (+3:30 GMT).
Media:Graphic pencil white paper-inverted in photoshop.
Equipment:200mm Dobsonian telescope-f/6-focal length 1200, Sky glow filter.
Eyepiece:30mm, Field:80º.
Conditions:Clear with some cirrus clouds.

The Veil Nebula was discovered visually by William Herschel in 1784 with his 18-inch reflecting telescope. The visible portions of the Veil Nebula appear to be segments of an expanding gas cloud. The gas cloud is believed to be the remnant of a supernova explosion, possibly 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.

Clear sky
Banafsheh Yaghoubi

17.5″, 3 Hours, and the Eta Carina Nebulae

Hi all,

Scope time has been very scarce this year. This sketch was done in April.

Encouraged by my attempt at Eta Carina through my 8″ dob, I trained my 17.5″ dobbie at the same target, again from Sydney.

This time, I also used my Grand Daddy of all eyepieces, a 35mm Masuyama. A bit long for this f/4.5 scope, but my only OIII filter was a 1.25″.

Eta Carina is not only huge, it is a very busy place. There are multiple shockwaves within it, masses of star formation both just initiated in the form of dark pillars, of those whose nuclear fires have just kicked in, nebulae within nebulae, and a super massive star about to go supernova.

This magnificent NASA site shows all of these details.

Again, the Homunculus Nebula is too small at 57X, but the supermassive star, Eta Carina, it is associated with is the bright reddish one.

Armed with a battery of sketching implements, the result of 3hrs is below. Ooooohhh, I am going to have soooooo much fun redoing this one at a dark sky site!

Scope: 17.5″ f/4.5 dob
Gear: 35mm Masuyama, 57X, OIII filter
Date: April 8, 2011
Location: Sydney
Media: white pastel, white & black charcoal pencils, white chinagraph, white and coloured ink on black A4 size paper


Alex M.

In the Wake of a Nova


Hey Artists!

I send you the western part of this remnant, N.G.C. 6960.
Blocking out the star 52, showed, (the northern part) this snake- like ghost between the stars.
A bigger scope would show filaments, but I was happy only to find this remnant.Info on sketch.
I used crayons on black paper, and the observation was done from Trondheim, Norway.

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Brem

Close and Far

Hey Artists!

I follow up with my own sketch of the remnant of the SN 1054, “The Crab Nebula”, (M. 1)
togather with a visitor, a comet which passed right over the western part of the Crab earlier
this day.
My sketch is old, but I think its still interesting.
I used crayons (watercolours) on black paper only. Info on my sketch.

The observation was made outside Trondheim, Norway.

Clear sky , Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Two Sisters

A view of the great Veil nebula: East (at left, NGC6995 and NGC6992) and West (at right, NGC 6960).

They are expanding remnants of an ancient supernova in Cygnus located 2000 light years away from us, and span on area of 100 light years (3 degrees of arc).
A wide feld eyepieces and a narrowband filter (such as O3 or UHC) is recommended for viewing the Veil, even under dark skies, to distinguish the nebula from background star glow of the milky way.

These objects were sketched during observations through Orion 8″ f/5 newtonian, 25mm Sirius plossl eyepiece, and Orion ultrablock filter.
Drawings were rendered at different times (2009 and 2010) , under similar conditions, in Negev desert skies in Israel.
Technique is a pretty standard one – black graphite pencils, white paper, eraser, cotton balls and a red light. Later the sketch was inverted and processed in Photoshop.

Michael Vlasov

Giant Veil Nebula

Subject: Giant Veil Nebula

Hello Artists,all o.k.?I’m in holyday in this moment,the break from work,so, for me….very good days!!!
I sent my first sketch of great nebula in Cygnus made with my dobson 10″ and great old eyepiece,the Meade “Reserch Grade”12,4mm + UHC-S.
At first time i want made this sketch in one page of my album,but….the impressive dimension oblige me for two pages!
I sent you three photos of sketch,the particulars and totally of this.It’s impossible to insert in my scanner….
Excuse me for my english,clear sky.
At next and compliments at all sketchers for your works.
Ciao a tutti,Giorgio.

Site:Pergola,Serraspinosa Hill 400 meters of altitude,
Marche Region,Center Italy.
Date:2 of August 2010
Instrument:Dobson GSO 10”
Eyepiece:Meade 12,4mm “Reserch Grade”
Filter:Baader UHC-S
Seeing :Good
Air: Fresh,no wind.
Technics:White pencill and penn on black paper “Fabriano 3”

Giorgio Bonacorsi

The Vela Supernova Remnant

Vela Supernova Remnant
Vela Supernova Remnant
Sketch and Details by Gábor Sánta

Dear ASOD,

I want to post my newest drawing about a very interesting deepsky object.

Nearby Supernova Remnant

Object: Vela Supernova Remnant
Constellation: Vela
Date: 06. 04. 2010.
Time: 18:20-19:15 UTC
Location: 27 m above sea level next to Kalo Nero, SE Crete, Greece, EU
Instrument: 130/650 (5″ f/5) Newtonian, 32 mm Plossl (20x magn.)
Filter: O III
Limiting magnitude: better than 6.5
Printed background used
Composite (multiple-field) observation

From 2 to 10 April we three – all Hungarian amateur astronomers – were at Crete to enjoy near-south deepsky wonders in Puppis, Vela, Centaurus and Scorpius because these constellations or southern parts of them are never seen from our home. Observed Omega Cen, Cen A, NGC 2451, NGC 2477, NGC 6231 and more in the very clear sky. Light pollution was minimal.

Cause of its 800 light year distance, the Vela SNR is the nearest known and observable remnant of an exploding star (connecting to Vela Pulsar). Cause of its location in northern Vela, culminate at 10-12 deg. above the sea level (our fantastic southern horizon). So I tried to hunt its mystic filaments spread in an 8 deg diameter circle. And finally I was sucesful, I could see – by the help of a detailed map – most of dim filaments of this really interesting supernova remnant. North to this, you can see Gum 14 and Gum 17, between them the cloudy Collinder 197. These HII regions were brighter than the remnant. To save time, I used a background printed before.

I would like to suggest observing Vela SNR if you can see it at least 10-15 deg. above your horizon, southern the 35th parallel.

Best regards,

Gabor Santa
Szeged, Hungary
Leader of Deep-Sky Section in the Hungarian Astronomical Association

Triangle in the Veil

Triangle in the Veil

NGC 6979, Pickering’s Triangle
Sketch and Details by Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)


Finally I sketched and send You the third part of the “Veil Complex”
known as Pickering’s Triangle.

This is a very fleeting and weak nebula for an observer, So I think lot of
details in the sketch are a result of my imagination.

Best regards

Sketch details:
Object Name : NGC 6979, Pickering’s Triangle.

Object Type: Nebulae/emission/reflection
Location: Poland/ eastern Poland , Molodycz
Date: 20.08.2009 y,
Equipment: Meade Light Bridge 12”, Ultrablock 2″ and SWAN 40mm.

Artist: Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)

Sheer Beauty of the Western Veil

Sheer Beauty of the Western Veil

NGC 6960, The Western Veil
Sketch and Details by Milosz Guzowski


I want to present my latest sketch – western part of Veil complex.

Object Name: (NGC 6960)

Object Type: Reflection nebulae

Location: Poland/ Białuty

Date: 27.07.2009

Equipment: Newton 254/1200, NPL 30mm

Medium: Graphite pencil+blending stump on white paper+GIMP processing

Milosz Guzowski

Revealing the Veil

The Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula (NGC 6960)
Sketch and Details by Dan Israël


I made this sketch in a small hamlet in Aubrac, south of France, altitude 1100m, with average transparency and no moon. I used a 80mm refractor at 30x magnification
and an OIII filter. The sketch was made on the spot with graphite pencil on white Canson paper. Some minor improvements were made later in the daylight (shading, shape of stars).

Object Name NGC 6960 (Veil Nebula)
Object Type supernova remnant
Location Aubrac, France
Date August 2007

The Veil Nebula processed

Computer processed Veil Nebula (NGC 6960)
Computer Sketch by Dan Israël

PS: this version with software processing is a little bit more realistic (but less authentic).



Frozen Crab with T600


M1, The Crab Nebula in Taurus
Sketch and Details by Bernard Augier


The Crab Nebula

Dobson T600

I was surprised not to found many drawing of the famous Crab Nebula,
espacially with large apperture scope (over 11″).

So I decided to draw my own with a 24″ Dobson F/D 3,3 on equatorial
platform. I’m living in French Alps, in a little village.called Saint

In fact it takes me two nights on 28 and 29 december 2008. Temperature of –
11°C, Lightly windy, SQM at 21.20 not so good.

It is very usefull to use plenty of various magnification from 100 to 800
and observe without and with OIII filter.

It results (in) plenty of different perceptions and the sketch is really a
combination of all of them.

Without filter the shape of the nebula is smooth and familiar with “gulf” on
the two sides, and a sort of mushroom on the top. With filter, the
perception is surprising with a very “fat” shape on whch you can see the
famous filaments, and the border is ruffled and tormented.

The best wiew was at x200 with OIII.

Bernard Augier

Messier’s Candle Flame


M1 (NGC 1952), the Crab Nebula
Sketch by Janis Romer and text by Frank McCabe

Crab Nebula

The excellent sketch above was made by Janis Romer with her Criterion 8″ f/8 Netownian telescope and is the Crab Nebula, M-1 or NGC 1952. This nebula is a supernova remnant with a rapidly rotating central pulsar that can be seen telescopically in the constellation of Taurus near the tip of the southern most horn (Zeta Tauri). The visual magnitude is about 8.5 and the diameter is 11 light years at a distance of 6,500 l.y. The stellar supernova explosion that became the nebula was first seen in the summer of 1054 AD as a daytime guest star. Twenty seven years after John Bevis discovered the nebula in 1731, Charles Messier cataloged it in September of 1758. Charles Messier saw it as an elongated glow in the shape of a candle flame.

Space Ghost

Crab Nebula

M1(NGC 1952), the Supernova Remnant in Taurus
Sketch and Details by Przemyslaw Horoszkiewicz, text by Rich Handy

The ghostly apparition of a stellar explosion that appeared in 1054, M1 or NGC 1952, is beautifully portrayed by Polish amateur astronomer Przemyslaw Horoszkiewicz. M1 is 6,500 light years distant and is approximately 10 light years in diameter.

Sketch information:
Obiect name: Messier 1 (NGC 1952)
Scope: Sky-Watcher 254/1200
Eyepieces: Super Plossl 25mm
Place: Poland, Zielona Góra (A few kilometers for city)
Seeing: 7/10
Date: 29.11.2008 r
Technique:Pencil,graphics GIMP2
Amateur astronomer: Przemysław Horoszkiewicz (Poland)

The Finger of God

The Finger of God

“The Finger of God”, western Veil complex
Sketch and Details by Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)

Now I want to present a sketch, that was never publicated in internet. A western part of the Veil Complex, known as he Witch’s Broom Nebula, but I rather prefer other, rare used name, ( less formally ) of this extremely beautiful object: The Finger of God.
A veil nebula especially western part of it, is a marvellous conglomerate of fibres frayed matter.
This complex is a large object, so I usually use my lowest-power eyepiece : Swan 40mm witch nebular filter UB in Newton 305mm
I could spend hours in watching this unusual, extraordinary spectacle, which make me out of touch with reality.

Object Name : The Finger of God, NGC 6960 – Western part of Veil Nebula (Ignisdei)
Object Type: Nebulae/emission/reflection
Location: Poland/ Oborniki/suburbia
Date: 29.09.2008 y,
Equipment: Synta 305/1500, UB”, SWAN 2″ 40mm

The Veil Revealed

The Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula, NGC 6995
Sketch and Sketch Details by Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)

This extraordinarily beautiful sketch of NGC 6995, the Veil nebula, was one of several submitted by Polish amateur astronomer Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei). His detailed yet delicate treatment of this classic emission/reflection nebula is a tribute to his strong observational and artistic talents. We look forward to sharing with you, future postings of Robert’s exceptional entries.

Sketch details:
Object Name : NGC 6995 – Veil Nebula (Ignisdei)
Object Type: Nebulae/emission/reflection
Location: Poland/ Oborniki/suburbia
Date: 31.06.2008 y,
Equipment: Synta 305/1500

Bones of the Veil

NGC 6995

NGC 6995
Sketch by Serge Vieillard

Serge Vieillard used a 60 cm telescope to observe the Veil Nebula on September 2 from Restefond. He notes that his drawing is really a pale reflection the extraordinary sight through the telescope, where the nebula was large, obvious and extremely detailed. Every detail was complex in structure, and evoked the sense of bones in three-dimensional relief. So that he could focus on observing and drawing the nebula, Serge used an astrophoto to generate the star field.

Gossamer Stellar Ghost

The Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992
Sketch and Details by Rony De Laet

The Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula in Cygnus can be a tricky object to observe, especially without an OIII filter. This supernova remnant is a delicate complex of faint light that encompasses a 3° field. Starting point for this observation is Epsilon Cygni. From there, go 3° south to find 52 Cygni. A small pair of binoculars can show both Epsilon and 52 Cygni in the same field of view. Now try to move both stars near the western border of the field in order to see the brightest part of the Veil (NGC 6992-6992) in the middle of the eyepieces. I had to use averted vision and a lot of patience to reveal that part of the nebula. The other section, NGC 6960, behind 52 Cygni was not visible at all. I believe that the bright 52 Cygni outshines the weak glow of that part of the Veil. I did have the impression that Simeis 229 or Pickering’s Triangular Wisp could be noted as a tenuous brightening of the sky. Or is it maybe the combined light of an unresolved group of stars at that spot? Detecting the Veil Complex is an interesting exercise, which I should repeat later on the year under darker skies. I do strongly recommend the use of a mount to go after the Veil Nebula. The steady view will allow your eyes to study the star field in greater detail.

Site : Bütgenbach, Belgium
Date : July 1, 2008
Time : around 23.15 UT
Binoculars : Bresser 8×56
FOV: 5.9°
Filter : none
Mount : Trico Machine Sky Window
Seeing : 3,5/5
Transp. : 4/5
Nelm : around 5.8
Sketch Orientation : N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Photo Paint, based on a raw pencil sketch.

Two Views of the Spider

NGC 2070 wide field

The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 wide field view
By Eiji Kato

NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula 

Eiji Kato has captured these two marvelous views of the NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula in the  southern hemispheric constellation of Dorado, the Dolphin fish, Xiphias, or the Swordfish. This immense region contains stars forming in their nascent cacoons of gas and dust. Previous stellar death  is rampant here as well, remnants of their past existence, shells of excited gas, glow amidst strong interstellar winds. Mr Kato’s beautiful sketches show two perspectives, one a wider field view and the other near center. Most of Mr Kato’s exceptional drawings were made using an 18.5″, f/4 reflector. Some later drawings were made with a 18.1″, f/4.5 reflector.

NGC 2070 near center

The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 near center view
By Eiji Kato

Eiji Kato lives in Australia and operates the TwinStar Guesthouse Observatory.
Please make a visit to his gallery of fine drawings.