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NGC 1499 - California Nebula


The so-called California Nebula lies in the Milky Way in Perseus (allegedly the shape is similar to a map of California). It is quite large, nearly 3 degrees across and very faint so it is impossible to see by eye through a telescope. My unmodified camera has picked it up without using any filters. I did have to use some drastic processing which is why the stars look rather false.

The California Nebula

Canon EOS5DMkII 254mm Newtonian @ 1200mm 50 x 30s f/4.8 ISO6400 2011-01-28 18:58:21-19:27:24 UT
From Rookhope 54.8N 2.1W 330m asl. Rural, almost no light pollution (3 Bortles)

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