California Nebula, NGC 1499
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California Nebula, in the constellation Perseus
Cataloged as NGC 1499
This is an emission and/or reflection nebula,probably illuminated by Xi Persei, a hot blue-white main sequence star. This star belongs to an association of young stars which probably arose from this interstellar cloud, the Perseus OB2 association. It is the hottest star of this association.
This image shows only a small portion of the nebula.
Distance: 1000 lightyears
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 130 EDT F8
Mount: Losmandy G11 with Gemini Control
Images: Exposure information has been lost
Camera control - CCDSoft, Calibration and stacking with further processing in Photoshop CS2.