The California Nebula

The California Nebula-NGC 1499 in constellation Perseus at 1000 Light years away from us!

This nebula gets its name from the resemblance to the shape of state of California! It is about 10 degrees from the Pleiades star cluster. It has an apparent size of 6 full moons but in reality it`s just about 100 light-years of span.

The high-energetic Menkib (blue star in the middle) is responsible for the nebula to glow in red. Swipe right to see my attempt at this nebula last year.

Equipment :

Mount  - SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro

Telescope - Apertura 60mm EDR

Camera - ZWO ASI294MC Pro

Guiding Scope  - SVBony SV106

Guiding Camera - ZWO ASI120mm Mini

Acquisition - ZWO ASI Air Plus

Narrowband Filter - Optolong Lextreme


Exposure  - 5 min subs

Integration - 24 hrs

Gain - 120

Bortle Scale - 7

Software  - Pixinsight, Photoshop