California Nebula

"California" orientation

"California" Orientation

Imaging automated by CCD Commander

Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  RGB + Ha (3 panel mosaic)
    • All exposures binned 1x1
    • Right panel: R 10x180s, G 10x714s, B 9x900s, Ha 9x1800s
    • Middle panel: R 10x180s, G 9x714s, B 9x900s, Ha 8x1800s
    • Left panel: R 10x180s, G 9x714s, B 9x900s, Ha 8x1800s
    • Total Exposure Time: 26 hours 18.2 minutes
    • Ha data used for red channel (sans the stars) and combined with the blue channel at 15%.
    • Red data was used only for the stars.
  • Telescope:  TMB152
  • Mount:  Paramount ME
  • Camera:  SBIG STL-6303 CCD, AstroDon E-Series TruBalance Filters
  • Location:  JMSM Observatory, New Mexico (Owned by Mike Sherick)
  • Date/Time: 
    • Ha:
      • October 29/30 2007, 22:40-04:25 MDT
      • November 1/2 2007, 19:10-04:47 MDT
    • Blue: November 4/5 2007, 20:21-05:08 MST
    • Green and Red: November 6/7 2007, 18:36-04:56 MST
  • Processing: Taken  in MaxIM/DL v4 using CCD Commander. 
    • Reduced, aligned, combined sub-exposures, in CCDStack. Mosaic panel alignment in RegiStar. Panel combines, color combine, color balancing, contrast adjustment, levels, curves, USM, saturation adjustment (stars only), and Noise Ninja in Photoshop.
  • Names:
    • NGC1499, California Nebula
  • Type: Emission Nebula
  • Constellation: Perseus

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