The California Nebula (NGC1499) has a shape which resembles the outline of the State of California.  It is located
in the constellation of Orion at a distance of 1,500 LY from the Earth and extends 100LY on it's long axis. A stellar
nursery, NGC1499 shines when the hot young stars within ionize the surrounding Hydrogen gas, causing it to emit light.

November, 2007
WO ZS 105mm f/7 Apo Refractor - Baader IR Filter
Canon Digital Rebel 300D / Modified (Hap Griffin)
105 Minutes / 21x300s @ 800ASA
Manually guided on a 14" Meade LX200
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski

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