When I concluded my observation of the North America Nebula, I aimed my binoculars at the Veil Nebula. Both the eastern and western segment are visible in my binoculars at 21.6x. The challenge lies in framing the full 3° of sky in one field of view. I soon realized that only my 32mm Plössls could bring this exercise to a good ending. The next evening, I set up my binoculars with the 32mm eyepieces. At 13.5x the sky looked rather bright, even with the UHC filters in place. I first tried to locate 52 Cygni, but failed. I found the eastern loop of the Veil easily. It turned out to be the brightest part of the loops. I knew that both segments must fit in the same fov. Thus the brightest star west was 52 Cygni. Detecting the western loop was difficult. The glare of 52 Cygni overpowers the subtle glow of the western loop. It takes a lot of patience to make out any nebulosity in the vicinity of this lighthouse. I must have studied the region of the Veil Nebula for about an hour when I noticed a third brightening between both loops. It is a weak patch just west of the center of the fov. The Veil Nebula is a fine object, but patience and persistence are the key to making this wide-field observation to a success.
Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium
Date : September 9, 2012
Time : around 20.00 UT
Binoculars : Teleskop Service 90° 70mm binoculars
Magnification : 13.5x
Filters : UHC
Seeing : 4/5
Transp. : 4/5
Sky brightness : 19.75 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.