California Nebula | Howard H Bower

Photographer
Howard H Bower
Email
hbower7@cox.net
Location of photo
Chandler, AZ
Date/Time of photo
11/21-11/23/2012
Equipment
Telescope - Takahashi FSQ106ED Imaging Camera - FLI ML16803 Guiding - SX Lodestar & Astrodon MOAG Mounting - AP Mach 1 GTO Filters - Astrodon 5nm NB Ha, Olll, & Sll
Description
The large nebula in this image is designated NGC 1499 commonly called the California Nebula. It is located in the constellation Perseus and is approximately 1000 light years from our planet. It has a very low surface brightness which makes it difficult to see visually. It is in the direction of the outer Orion arm of the Milky Way. This space is filled with galactic gas from which many stars have formed. It is 2.5 degrees across and just north of the 4th magnitude star Xi Persei.
Website
www.azindarkskies.com