Archive for August 26, 2015

NGC6960 sometimes known as the ‘witches broomstick’. Here are a couple of not terrible successful attempts by me to photograph it. The presence of a bright object alongside it makes the duration of the open shutter problematic. I  tried doing longer shots but the nebula just gets blotted out by the bright object.

NGC 6960 (H alpha filtered)

NGC 6960 (H alpha filtered)

NGC 6960 (Omega 3 filtered)

NGC 6960 (Omega 3 filtered)

Taken using the Bradford Robotic telescope.

Here is another much more successful picture of the whole nebula, which shows how it became to be known as ‘the witches broomstick’

By Hewholooks (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Hewholooks (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons