California Nebula – widefield

It’s still cloudy outside & likely to be so for some days yet, so here’s one I prepared earlier!

In between imaging Orion (in October), I took a quick widefield shot of the California Nebula.


Taken at 200mm whilst waiting for my main target of the night to rise into a suitable position, there’s 1hr 20mins of exposure at f5 ISO1600.

The California Nebula is about 1000 light years away & appears in the constellation of Perseus. It is designated as NGC 1499, a low brightness emission nebula. The nebula is of considerable size & is probably illuminated by Menkib (bright star beneath nebula in my image).


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