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

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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%

Astrometry.net 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

Description

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, Hap Griffin