Two nights ago I got my first look at the Veil Nebula! All I can say is wow. Well, I can say some other stuff too.
It's still not terribly dark up here but around 2:30 the skies were dark enough and the clouds gave me a little break. I turned my 8" dob up towards Cygnus and found the Eastern Veil fairly quickly. I was using my Agena 30mm 80° 2" eyepiece for the first time and the view was incredible! I could faintly make out the extent of the veil but then I threaded on my new (to me) Oiii filter and wow went to WOW!
While still faint, the veil stood out clearly from the background and I could easily see it curving and twisting around my whole field of view. That sucker is massive. I could see more detail with direct vision but more lengthy extent with averted vision. Next I panned west and found the Western Veil. On the way over I picked up the faintest hint of Pickering's Triangle or Wisp. The Western Veil is stunning, with 52 Cyg anchoring the subject, fairly distinctly even through the Oiii filter. I love how long and wispy this target is.
All told, I probably spent only 15 to 20 minutes on it before hunting down M27 and M57 but I will be back!