Tuesday 18 August 2015

Unveiling the Veil - part II

The Veil Nebula really starts coming into its own as aperture increases.  With the 17.5” scope, the filamentary structures within the nebulosity begin to resolve.  Mottling, or variations in density of illumination, are easier to pick up.  And wispy, soft extensions of the ends of the nebulous cloud seem to keep extending on and on.

The Veil looked to be ablaze!  The filament structures give movement to it, as they twist and wind, streak and surge through the cloud.  The true bubble nature of the object begins to achieve a 3D look to it as the fainter and softer less dense material of the ‘inside’ of the ring starts to show itself with its own set of concentrations of material.  It really beings to show itself as the smoky bubble it is as the aftermath of the cataclysmic explosion that created it.

I am sure that it would be even more splendid when it is higher up in the sky.  I can only feel that this first look at the Veil is really just a tease of promise to what it can totally show – just like a veil serves to tease us with its haunting semi transparency…

I hope I have succeeded in giving a good depiction of this majestic structure.  I felt like an adolescent, with their quirky physical awkwardness, and handling a precious and mercurial gift, and not being sure just how to handle it.  The Veil really left me awestruck.


Object:  Easter section of the Veil Nebula
Scope:  17.5” Karee push-pull dob
Gear:  23mm Celestron Axiom LX, 87X, & NPB filter
Date:  15th August, 2015
Location:  Linville, Queensland, Australia
Media:  Soft pastel, charcoal & white ink on A4 size black paper

Duration:  Approx. 2.5 hrs.

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