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Contains:  IC 360, California nebula, NGC 1499, IC 353, Merope nebula, NGC 1435, Maia nebula, NGC 1432, The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star Merope (23Tau), The star ξPer, The star οPer, The star Electra (17Tau), The star νPer, The star Atlas (27Tau), The star εPer, The star Atik (ζPer), The star ηTau, Part of the constellation Perseus (Per)
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Pleiades and The California Nebula, 


            Kurt Zeppetello
Pleiades and The California Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 4702x3133

Dates:Jan. 15, 2017

Frames: 44x120" ISO1600

Integration: 1.5 hours

Darks: ~10

Bias: ~10

Avg. Moon age: 17.96 days

Avg. Moon phase: 88.87%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: -3.80 job: 1417919

RA center: 56.868 degrees

DEC center: 30.036 degrees

Pixel scale: 17.251 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 117.472 degrees

Field radius: 13.537 degrees

Locations: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, Connecticut, United States


This wide field image of the Pleiades Cluster and the California Nebula and was the first thing I imaged last week but it was hardest to process as it had a nebula. Pleiades or Seven Sisters (M45), is an open star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus. The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula relatively close by in the constellation Perseus. It has some resemblance to the outline of California and hence its name.

The moon was not up yet which is why I went ahead and took with this image. I did use the Astronomik CLS filter even though the objects were almost directly overhead as it was still pretty early in the evening and I wanted to avoid as much pollution as possible. It was a good thing as my neighbor has three floodlights which rivals Las Vegas. Fortunately they are on motion sensors but they did come on from time to time.

The center of this image is dark from top to bottom. That dark area is real, this region of space has a lot of dust and gas causing the darkness. If I really overexpose the image, it becomes somewhat visible.

This was my second piggyback wide field image with my Canon EF 50mm stm lens and so far I am very happy with it.



Kurt Zeppetello
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Pleiades and The California Nebula, 


            Kurt Zeppetello