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Contains:  California nebula, NGC 1499
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NGC 1499, The California Nebula, 


            Steven Bellavia
NGC 1499, The California Nebula

NGC 1499, The California Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 5496x3672

Dates:Nov. 26, 2019

Astronomik 6nm OIII: 7x300" (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1
Optolong 7nm Ha 2": 30x240" (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.6 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 29.38 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.02%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 20.80

Mean FWHM: 5.00

Temperature: 10.00 job: 3093367

RA center: 4h 0' 2"

DEC center: +36° 33' 7"

Pixel scale: 1.357 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.789 degrees

Field radius: 1.246

Data source: Backyard


The California Nebula, NGC 1499 is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus, approximately 1,500 light years from Earth. It resembles the state of California.  It is almost 2.5° long in the sky, or 5 full moons, with an actual length of 100 light years.  The California Nebula shines with a reddish glow from hydrogen atoms recombining with lost electrons. The electrons have been stripped away, ionized by energetic starlight of O7 star, Xi Persei, also known as Menkib
The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884.



Steven Bellavia
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  • NGC 1499, The California Nebula, 


            Steven Bellavia
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    NGC 1499, The California Nebula, 


            Steven Bellavia

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 1499, The California Nebula, 


            Steven Bellavia