Equipment and other photo info:
Picture taken on July 27th, 2009.
SkyWatcher ED80 + WO 0.8x, Canon EOS 300D, 3 segment mosaic 8x480sec @ ISO800
Guiding with Maksutov 90/1250 + QHY5 guiding camera (PHD Guiding)
Mount: EQ6 Vis upgraded to EQ6 SynScan
Processing software: DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight 1.0, Photoshop CS2, PtGui
The Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop or the Witch’s Broom Nebula, is a large, relatively faint supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area of ~3×3 degrees; about 6 times the diameter or 36 times the area of a full moon. The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, with estimates ranging from 1,400 to 2,600 light-years. It was discovered on 1784 September 5 by William Herschel.
The brighter segments of the nebula are listed in the New General Catalog under the designations NGC 6960, 6979, 6992, and 6995.
More information about this object at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veil_Nebula