NGC 1499 - CALIFORNIA NEBULA
BRIGHT EMISSION AND REFLECTION NEBULA IN PERSEUS
(Image Centred at ra 04h:00m / dec +36:37)
IMAGE ACQUISITION BY JIM MISTI
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Misti Mountain Observatory, Arizona, USA
Type: Diffuse Nebula
Apparent Magnitude: N/A
Apparent diameter: 160 x 40 arc minutes
Distance: 1.000 light years
Optics: Takahashi 106 N (Courtesy of Steve Mazlin)
CAMERA: SBIG STL 11.000
SKY CONDITIONS: Dark Skies
EXPOSURES: LHaRGB (90,30,30,30,30)
OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION
The California Nebula aka NGC 1499 was discovered by E.E. Barnard in about 1884-5, just in time to have it added in Dreyer's NGC. Under very dark skies, it can just be glimpsed with the naked eye. Because of its low surface brightness, it is not much easier when visually observed in telescopes. Instead, this nebula is a great target for astrophotographers. From the southern observers it is only 20 degrees above the horizon when the nebula reaches the maximum altitude.
This object is very hard to image from our latitudes. It requires very dark locations and its transit is very short. Another good opportunity of processing this image which was nicely offered by Jim Misti in his website.
Thanks Jim !!