Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  California nebula  ·  NGC 1499  ·  The star ξPer
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The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha, 



    
        

            Eric Solís
The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha
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The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha

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The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha, 



    
        

            Eric Solís
The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha
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The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Omni 150XLT

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro

Mounts: Celestron Advanced VX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guide Scope with helical focusing

Guiding cameras: Orion Star Shoot Autoguider Pro

Focal reducers: Badder Baader MPCC Mark III

Software: Straton  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  PHD2  ·  PixInsight

Filters: ZWO Ha 36mm

Accessory: Celestron StarSense AutoAlign  ·  ZWO EFW 36mm  ·  MoonLite CR Newtonian Focuser  ·  MoonLite Mini-V2 Controller  ·  MoonLite High Res Stepper Motor


Dates:Dec. 7, 2017

Frames:ZWO Ha 36mm: 30x300" (2h 30') (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 2h 30'

Darks: 16

Flats: 50

Bias: 115

Avg. Moon age: 19.16 days

Avg. Moon phase: 79.72%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: -5.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1852962

RA center: 04h00m01s

DEC center: +36°2822

Pixel scale: 1.037 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 45.922 degrees

Field radius: 1.936 degrees


Resolution: 1824x3544

Locations: Backyard, Milford, MA, United States

Description

The California Nebula (NGC1499) is a large emission in the constellation Perseus. The nebula is over 100 light-years across and spans over 2.5 degrees in the night sky (5 times the width of the full moon). It's glow is a result of radiation from the nearby bright star ξ Persei. Coincidentally, the latitude of central California matches the declination of the nebula, so the object reaches the zenith over the middle of its eponymous state, which also happens to be the state where I was born

This is my first ever mosaic image, consisting of 6 panels of Ha data gathered in one evening using the magic of Sequence Generator Pro to coordinate the capture. The processing is definitely involved for a mosaic compared to a single image, but I'm quite pleased with the initial result (or at least that there are not any obvious visible seams where the panels overlap). I used PixInsight for all steps of the processing, including registering the individual panels to a synthetic star image produced with the CatalogStarGenerator script and then merging the images using the Gradient Merge Mosaic. I'm definitely interested in any tips and tricks that anyone has on processing or capturing mosaics.

I plan on getting some quick RGB data in the near future, so I can produce an initial RGB version with the nebula mapped to the red channel. Then I'll work on adding O-III and S-II data to produce a SHO image, although this will require cooperation from Mother Nature, which might be hard given she just decided to drop 8" of snow on us to start the season. In general, I think I might be hooked on mosaics, since it's pretty awesome to be able to extend my field of view so significantly to capture large, beautiful objects!

I should also note that this is the first image I've produced with the new Moonlite CN focuser, high-resolution stepper motor and mini USB controller on my scope, which with SGP allows me to autofocus as the temperature changes throughout the night. While it took a bit of time to get used to the software and how to properly deploy autofocus, I'm quite pleased with this upgrade so far!

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The California Nebula 6-panel mosaic in Ha, 



    
        

            Eric Solís