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California here I come!!


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About this observation
Nick Hewitt
Time of observation
01/11/2016 - 23:10
The California Nebula
Observing location
Billing, Northampton
Starwave 70mm triplet
Canon DSLR D60a
EQ8 mount
Lodestar 2 guiding
ISO 2000 11 x 120sec

The California nebula (NGC 1499 in Perseus) is well placed now the clocks have fallen back. I personally think it looks like a large pink squid. A real challenge visually, it is straight-forward with a telephoto lens, or a wide field telescope as used here. The bright star illuminating the hydrogen is Xi Persei (mag 4.4). Try to lose the star if attempting a visual observation. 

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