Contains:California nebula, NGC 1499, The star ξPer
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NGC 1499 - The California Nebula, 


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NGC 1499 - The California Nebula

NGC 1499 - The California Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ-106N FSQ

Imaging camera:QSI 583wsg

Mount:apt1200gto AP1200

Software:CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1500x1160

Dates: Oct. 19, 2012

Frames: 42x600"

Integration: 7.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 21.56% job: 1512690

RA center: 60.260 degrees

DEC center: 36.442 degrees

Pixel scale: 4.493 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.304 degrees

Field radius: 1.183 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Data source: Unknown


Known as NGC 1499, the California Nebula is so named because of its loose resemblance to the shape of the state. Radiation from the hot blue-white main sequence star Xi Persei, shown at the bottom-right, causes this huge cloud of hydrogen to fluoresce. This emission nebula covers a large patch of sky over two degrees long and is sometimes faintly visible to the naked eye from very dark locations. It lies at a distance of 1000 light years.



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NGC 1499 - The California Nebula, 


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