NGC 1499 (California Nebula)

Located 15 degrees south of the galactic equator, the California Nebula (so named because its outline resembles that of the state of California, with the "Pacific Coast" on its N edge) is embedded in a rich starfield. The bright star SW of the center is Xi Persei. Its strong ultraviolet radiation is believed to excite the nebula's bright Ha emission.
The image is a mosaic assembled from four exposures using the same technique developed for the Milky Way panorama.

Instrument 8" Newtonian 800 mm f/4
Film Kodak E-200
Date 31 Dec. 1999, 02:04 - 05:38 UTC (four 45 min exposures)
Site Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

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