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Contains:  California nebula, NGC 1499, The star ξPer
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The California Nebula - NGC1499

Technical card

Resolution: 6532x4947

Dates:Sept. 24, 2017Oct. 4, 2017Oct. 18, 2017

Baader Planetarium Ha 1.25" 7nm: 43x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium O3 1.25" 8.5nm: 44x600" -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium S2 1.25" 8nm: 35x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 20.3 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 15.28 days

Avg. Moon phase: 39.29%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 1811735

RA center: 59.844 degrees

DEC center: 36.428 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.974 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 194.967 degrees

Field radius: 1.109 degrees

Data source: Backyard


The California Nebula is one of our nearest neighbors at approximately 1500 ly away. This image frames the middle of the nebula, only a part of its 100 ly length. The most likely candidate for the irradiating star is Xi Persei, the prominent star at the top.

Image was calibrated and integrated in PI, post processed in PS, combined in PI and final colors and adjustments were made in PS.

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