Imaging telescope or lens: Meade Series 5000 80 mm Triplet ED APO
Imaging camera: Central DS CDS600D
Mount: Advanced VX
Guiding telescope or lens: AstroTech Astro-Tech 60mm Guide Scope
Guiding camera: Orion Starshoot AutoGuider
Focal reducer: William Optics 0.8x Reducer/Flattener
Filter: Optolong CLS CCD
Dates: Oct. 23, 2016
Integration: 1.2 hours
Avg. Moon age: 22.33 days
Avg. Moon phase: 48.11%
Astrometry.net job: 1485429
RA center: 60.270 degrees
DEC center: 36.503 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.305 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -172.019 degrees
Field radius: 2.001 degrees
Locations: Evermore Farms, Eatonton, Georgia, United States
The California Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Perseus. It is named for its resemblance to the state California. However, at this particular orientation, it reminds me more of a cuttlefish.
It spans almost 2.5° and has an apparent magnitude of 6. However, because of its low surface brightness, it is difficult to observe visually. The use of a hydrogen beta filter and a "fast" scope under dark skies will give observers some structure to view. It is approximately 1,000 light years from Earth.
This was a first attempt at the object along with the first attempt at imaging with this particular setup. I was pleased that everything worked the first night out, and was even more pleased that the final image isn't terrible!
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