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Contains:  California nebula, NGC 1499, Part of the constellation Perseus (Per), The star 42Per, The star 50Per, The star 52Per, The star 54Per, The star Atik (ζPer), The star εPer, The star νPer, The star ξPer, The star οPer
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California Nebula at 85mm in Ha, 


California Nebula at 85mm in Ha
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California Nebula at 85mm in Ha

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Dates:Jan. 19, 2020Jan. 20, 2020Jan. 21, 2020

Frames:STC Astro Duo-Narrowband filter (Nikon aps-c clip): 52x240" ISO200

Integration: 3.5 hours

Darks: ~40

Flats: ~15

Flat darks: ~15

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 25.21 days

Avg. Moon phase: 20.17%

Basic astrometry details job: 3216816

RA center: 4h 2' 9"

DEC center: +36° 34' 55"

Pixel scale: 9.399 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 92.978 degrees

Field radius: 8.034 degrees

Resolution: 5255x3203

Data source: Backyard


This wide field image of the California Nebula (NGC1499) was captured on the nights of January 19/20/21, 2020 using a short telephoto lens and dual narrowband filter. This image is the H-alpha data from the red channel.

Imaged with 85mm/F1.4 Rokinon at F/2, STC Duo Narrowband Clip Filter, and full spectrum modified Nikon D5300.

Pre-processed using PixInsight Batch Pre-Processing (BPP) script. Images calibrated using darks, bias, and flats. Extracted red/green/blue channels using BatchChannelExtraction script. R, G, & B channels registered and stacked independently using StarAlighment and Integration. R channel data gives the Ha image. Averaged G & B channels using Pixelmath to generate OIII image. Total integration time of ~3 hours using 52 subs at ISO200x240 sec. R and Average of G+B channels individually post-processed in Pixinsight: Cropped, gradient removal with ABE, MLT for noise reduction, stretched using masked stretch, Curves Transformation, TGVDenoise for noise reduction, HDR transform, Local histogram transform, morphological transform to shrink stars.



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California Nebula at 85mm in Ha,