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California Nebula

California Nebula
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Object ID: NGC 1499 : California Nebula

California Nebula is about 1,500 light-years from the Sun. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long. It glows with the red light characteristic of hydrogen atoms recombining with long lost electrons, stripped away (ionized) by energetic starlight. In this case, the star most likely providing the energetic starlight is the bright, hot, bluish Xi Persei, just right of the nebula and above picture center.

Taken by Nilesh and processed by Sameer

Optics: AT66 F/6 + WO 0.8x reducuer
Mount: Meade LXD75
Camera: Starlight Express HX916
Guiding: Autoguided with WO 80 + DSI Pro
Exposure: Total : 172 min
4min x43
Aquired On: 30 November 2009
Location: Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Image Processing: Combined in DSS & Black point adjusted in Photoshop.