Fall and Winter targets are already blooming in the northern hemisphere early in the morning. The journey takes us over to the constellation of Perseus, named after the Greek mythological hero Perseus. Our first stop is at the California Nebula (NGC 1499), a rich hydrogen emission nebula located approximately 1,000 light years away from Earth. This nebula got its name from its resemblance to the outline of the US State California.
Throughout this incredible cosmic journey, I have learnt that the orientation of target images matters. Below is a rotated view of the same image. This view, which happens to be my favorite for this target, immerses you in a sea of space “gunk”. It allows you to better appreciate the richness of the hydrogen emissions. It is yet another reason why I enjoy looking up and enjoying an amazing Universe. Stay tuned!
Gear: AA Hypercam 26c, Evostar 72ED APO w/ 1x flattener. ES EXOS2GT mount, SVbony 120mm guidescope w/ASI120 mc guide camera.
Exif: SVbony 7nm Ha 23 subs @ 300 secs, L-enHance filter 14 subs @ 300 secs. Combined as HOO. Gain 100, offset 3, TEC @ 10 degrees