Waid Observatory

Object: NGC 1499
Date: Nov. 29-30, 2016    -    Location: Fort Davis, Texas
Telescope: Stellarvue SV102ED  -  Camera: ST-8300M   
Exposure: Ha = 140 min. - Red & Blue = 80 min. each - Syn-Green
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NGC 1499

NGC 1499 - The California Nebula 1

NGC 1499 is commonly known as the California Nebula.  This common name is due to its general outline resembling that of the US state of California.  The nebula is large and extends approximately 2.5 degrees across the sky.  It has a low surface brightness and is somewhat difficult to observe visually but is a striking object for long exposure astronomical imaging.  NGC 1499 is classified as an emission nebula which is excited to fluoresce by a very energetic O7 class star.  This star is located below but out of the field of view of the above image.  The California Nebula lies in the constellation Perseus approximately 1000 light-years distant.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Nebula

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