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NGC 1499


NGC 1499 in Perseus

RA = 04h 03m;, Dec = +36deg 25min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 11/06/13; Runningman Observatory, Carlsbad, CA

Clear; excellent seeing


Telescope: Takahashi FSQ 106 Refractor

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with 3 nm Astrodon filters;



Exposures: 75 min Ha; 75 min OIII and 60 min SII for a total of 3 hrs 30 min

Color mapped by assigning Ha to Red; OIII to blue and SII to Green

FOV = 96 x 65 arc minutes

Also known as the California Nebula, NGC 1499 is a large emission nebula. Despite the 60 minutes of exposure through a filter passing having a wavelength to detect doubly ionized oxygen, this region emits very little oxygen and is dominated by ionized hydrogen. This image shows only the "northern" 1/2 of this large nebula which spans 2.5 degrees.

1,000 light years away

Reduced to 60% of original

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