I love this object. How did that bright star know to sit so perfectly on the edge of the nebula? Really beautiful...
The Western Veil is part of the larger Veil Nebula -- a supernova remnant from a star that exploded about 10,000 years ago in the Cygnus constellation (1,400 light years away). The entire object is also referred to as the Cygnus Loop. It is HUGE!
The Western Veil is also nick-named "the Witches Broom". Can you see it? I wish I would have taken longer exposures and it would be clearer. As it stands, I shot about 100 minutes of exposure time.
I took this shot from my first imaging trip to the TAS club site at Atoka, OK. It was a beautiful night! I shared the stars with my new pals Max and Jim. We shot and observed until the sun came up and washed-away the stars. Cool.