Sh2-96 is generally associated with the Supernova Remnant (SNR) G65.3+5.7 located in the constellation Cygnus the Swan approximately 2500 light-years distant. This SNR is very dim and covers a wide area of over 4 degrees in diameter. Sh2-96 is located along the northern edge of the SNR and covers a relatively small section of G65.3+5.7. The long filament extending horizontally across the lower portion of the image above has been identified as filament 212 of the SNR. The red HII area, primarily in the center to upper portions of the image, may not be associated with SNR but may be surrounding galactic nebula that the SNR is expanding into2.
The image above is known as a Bi-Color (Near True Color) image and was acquired using narrowband filters. It was assembled by mapping Ha to Red and OIII to Blue and Green. The stars were overlaid with color data from a RGB filtered image.