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California Nebula (Sh2-220, NGC1499), 


California Nebula (Sh2-220, NGC1499)
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California Nebula (Sh2-220, NGC1499)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV080ST-25FT

Imaging cameras: Canon 6D modified

Mounts: iOptron CEM60

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue F050G

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI120MM-S

Software: PixInsight Core 1.8

Filters: Hutech HEUIBII-EOSF

Dates:Sept. 30, 2019Oct. 1, 2019

Frames: 93x300" ISO1600

Integration: 7.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.56 days

Avg. Moon phase: 7.51%

Mean SQM: 21.70

Temperature: 8.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3108379

RA center: 3h 59' 57"

DEC center: +36° 21' 50"

Pixel scale: 2.758 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 172.149 degrees

Field radius: 2.423 degrees

Resolution: 5313x3433

Locations: Cabin, Almont, Colorado, United States

Data source: Traveller


The California Nebula (NGC 1499, Sharpless 220) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. Within the Orion Arm of our Galaxy, most estimates place the nebula about 1500 light years away. The rich hydrogen red color actually comes from the energy of a blue star, known as Xi Persei. I was able to capture this image in October during a stretch of clear skies while on vacation. Here is my version of the California Nebula:

Canon 6D modified
ISO 1600
93 x 300 sec
SV80ST at 480 mm f/6



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California Nebula (Sh2-220, NGC1499),