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NGC 1499 - California (SII - Ha - OIII), 


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NGC 1499 - California (SII - Ha - OIII)

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron RASA

Imaging cameras: Atik 460EX Color  ·  Atik Infinity OSC  ·  qhyccd Polemaster  ·  ZWO ASI 1600MM-Cooled ASI1600MM Cooled  ·  Orion SSAG  ·  Celestron NexImage Burst Color Neximage burst Color

Mounts: Celestron CGX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 80mm GuideScope Guide scope

Guiding cameras: Orion SSAG

Software: StarTools 1.6  ·  SGP  ·  PhD 2  ·  RegiStax 6.0 REGISTAX 6  ·  ATIK Dusk  ·  DeepSky Stacker (DSS) DSS DeepSkyStacker  ·  ATIK INFINITY

Filters: Baader Planetarium F/2 Highspeed filter set

Accessory: Celestron Focus Motor  ·  Adapter M42 T2/T2 M42T2  ·  Baader Ufc 2" #2459112  ·  Baader Ufc S70 RASA 8 #2459136  ·  Baader Ufc filter base#2459110  ·  Baader Ufc T2 adapter #2459115  ·  Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC)  ·  Bahtinov mask  ·  Baader Planetarium Rasa 8 UFC  ·  Orion SSAG 80mm

Dates:Jan. 27, 2020

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.41 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.42%

Astrometry.net job: 3210880

RA center: 4h 1' 2"

DEC center: +36° 27' 0"

Pixel scale: 3.990 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -83.677 degrees

Field radius: 1.431 degrees

Resolution: 2119x1534

Locations: UGG-419 Observatory, Canada, Canada

Data source: Backyard


NGC 1499 using SHO color palette, a mustard version. The final version I prefer is HSO, Version C.

The color channels are:
Red channel : (60% S-II + 40% Ha)
Green channel: (30% S-II + 30% Ha + 40% O-III)
Blue channel: (100% O-III)

Version C color channels are:
Red channel: Ha
Green channel: S-II
Blue channel: O-III

This project is now completed. I must say, it is much easier to process monochrome data than one shot color data. This image has had minimum processing, the simpler the better for me.
Looking back, perhaps, I should have shifted the color channels, by 3 to 5 pixels as the edges of some stars are not perfect. Next time, I will.

I am not a fan of the 'mustard' color, however, my goal was to produce SHO images.
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NGC 1499 - California (SII - Ha - OIII), 


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