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The Details
Object
NGC 1499 California Nebula in Perseus
Optics
Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor at f/5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
30 November 2008
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 11 x 1200 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS4
Orientation
Field of View: 03°45' x 02°36' centered on RA 04h01m33.7s
DEC+36°14'32" (2000.0) . North angle 226.7°; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

NGC 1499 is commonly known as the California Nebula because its shape is similar to that of the Golden State. This nebula is located within the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy about 1500 light years from Earth and spans nearly a 100 light years from end to end. The brightest star in the image above, Xi Persei, is likely responsible for lighting up this nebula with its strong outpouring of UV radiation. The California Nebula was discovered by the eagle-eyed astronomer E. E. Barnard in 1885. This image was taken from a dome at the Mount Wilson Observatory nearly on the spot where E. E. Barnard was a guest in 1905 when he finished data collection on his famous opus, "A Photographic Atlas of the Milky Way".

 

 

 

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