The Veil Nebula

23 August 2019

Originally the plan was to photograph the Andromeda Galaxy (M 31) again - this time with proper power supply. But at this time of the year and in my latitude M 31 is still very low in the night sky. Postponing this particular plan to November seams to be a good idea.

So I searched for another possible target and remembered several videos by Trevor Jones that I watched lately (Astrophotography - Let's Photograph the Veil Nebula, The VEIL NEBULA with a Telescope (Astrophotography)). Those videos made me curious what I could achieve with my still very limited equipment and especially with an unmodified stock DSLR.

Here is what I managed to capture:

This time I tried a slightly different processing. A friend of mine told me about a neat peace of software called StarNet that removes stars from an astro image. Leveraging a starless image I was able to pull much more signal out of my originally stacked and stretched image. This image might be a little bit overprocessed but nevertheless I quite like it.

Details
f
6.3
t (frame)
30sec
stacked frames
120
t (total)
1h
ISO
6400
camera
Nikon D7500
lens
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Makro OS HSM
astrometry