IC1340 Veil Nebula

IC1340 Veil Nebula

Curdridge Observatory, Southampton,UK
Object name: IC1340 Veil Nebula
Apparent RA:  Apparent Dec:
Constellation: Cygnus

Bit of a departure for me: A colour image! Recent purchased a Baader OIII narrowband ccd filter. Unable to afford Astrodon prices, I decided to try out the Baader OIII option.

This is the first light for the Baader OIII filter. Bright moon and also rather hazy so I decided on a bright target. This is supposed to be just an experiment, but has turned out nice. :-)

I combined 14x600s frames with the OIII filter in the blue channel and 15x600s with the Astrodon Ha filter in the red channel. Noel Carboni's action created a green channel for me.

Although this isn't a particularly accurate chromatic representation of the Veil Nebula, it is certain a fun image and I will try a few more like this.

Clearly I need some better planning to get my shots to line up in the corners! Also the stars are a bit blue, and the highlights of the nebula have gone a bit white. Need to maybe try a different combination method for the Ha and OIII and creation of green.

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cp>Data from 24th and 25th. Captured in ArtemisCapture, calibrated in ImagetoolsCa, combined in maxim, thuggery in photoshop. Total integration time 4.8 hours.

This image was autoguided using my homemade off axis guider with Lodestar.

Imaged with my homemade telescope mount

Exposure Details :

Astrodon 6nm Ha Coma Corrector 15x600s on 200 @ F5 f.l. 1000 with Artemis 285 camera
Baader 8nm OIII Coma Corrector 14x600s on 200 @ F5 f.l. 1000 with Artemis 285 camera


Skywatcher 200 Newt (upgraded with OO Hilux secondary)
Baader Focuser
Homemade focus motor
Homemade filterwheel / OAG combo with Lodestar guide camera
Artemis 285 CCD camera
Homemade Telescope mount

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