NGC 1499

NGC 1499, commonly called the California Nebula, is a vast cloud of glowing hydrogen and is the classic example of an emission nebula. It is very large spanning 2.5 degrees of sky but it's surface brightness is so low that it cannot be seen by the naked eye unless viewing conditions are ideal.


This image is a 4 panel mosaic and was taken with a hydrogen alpha filter.



Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2

Filters:  Astrodon Ha

Mount: CGEM DX

Exposure:  10h

Data obtained:  December 2013

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory