Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  California Nebula  ·  NGC 1499  ·  The star ξPer
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"The Golden State" Nebula NGC 1499, 


            Terry Hancock
"The Golden State" Nebula NGC 1499
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"The Golden State" Nebula NGC 1499

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-130

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY600m

Mounts: software bisque Paramount ME

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Starnet ++  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC

Filters: Chroma Ha 5nm, OIII 5nm, SII 5nm

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4249110

RA center: 4h 0' 57"

DEC center: +36° 23' 34"

Pixel scale: 1.200 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 180.377 degrees

Field radius: 1.906 degrees

Resolution: 9480x6388

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


The California Nebula Captured recently in Narrowband using the new QHY600 60 Megapixel Full Frame Monochrome CMOS camera mounted on the Takahashi 130 FSQ that we have the honor of testing for QHYCCD.
This setup is available immediately for people wanting to subscribe to Grand Mesa Observatory's system 1.
In this Hubble Palette version (SHO) the H-Alpha is mapped to green, SII is mapped to red and OIII is mapped to the blue channel. while the colors in this image are not the true colors, the narrowband filters used in the making of this Hubble Palette image reveal much more of the hidden gasses not visible in a broadband image.
Captured over 5 nights in January and February 2021 for a total acquisition time of 11.6 hours.

Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
Dates of Capture January 16, 20, 26, 31 and February 6th 2021

HA 210 min 21 x 600 sec
OIII 280 min 28 x 600 sec
SII 210 min 21 x 600 sec
Narrowband Filters by Chroma
Camera: QHY600 Monochrome CMOS Photographic version
Gain 60, Offset 76 in Read Mode Photographic 16 bit
Calibrated with Dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: Walter Holloway's Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5
Image Scale: 1.19 arcsec/pix
Field of View: 3d 7' 41.0" x 2d 3' 5.3 (127.3 x 190.1 arcmin)
EQ Mount: Paramount ME
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6, Pre Processing and Starnet in Pixinsight Post Processed in Photoshop CC


Sky plot

Sky plot


"The Golden State" Nebula NGC 1499, 


            Terry Hancock