TAWBAS star party

California Nebula by Dan Meek

Photo of the Week for February 3, 2017

California Nebula by Dan MeekLong-exposure astrophotography can reveal certain types of deep-sky objects that are often very difficult to detect visually, even with large amateur telescopes. The California Nebula (NGC1499) in Perseus is a prime example. Its great size (spanning nearly three degrees) and low surface brightness make it a challenging sight. Yet with the right narrow-band filter (H-beta) and low magnification, the California Nebula can be viewed under dark skies. Even so, the human eye simply isn’t sensitive enough to perceive anything close to the level of detail displayed in the above photo by Calgary, Alberta, imager Dan Meek.

Dan made this 5-hour, narrow-band exposure using a QSI 583wsg CCD camera attached to a Tele Vue NP127is 127mm, f/5.2 apochromatic refractor telescope.

See More Photos of the Week

Enter the Photo of the Week Contest

Do you have a superb night-sky photo that you think might be Photo of the Week material? Click here to find out how to send your photo submission to us.

You could win one of five great prizes from Celestron, iOptron, Sky-Watcher, Mallincam, and Meade!

Categories: Photo of the Week
One comment on “California Nebula by Dan Meek
  1. What an outstanding picture taken by an obvious very talented Dan Meek!!!

Celestron CGEMII Sale for April
Grasslands Park Dark Skies
iOptron CEM120 and CEM120EC
Khan Scope
Ontario Telescope Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox
Give the Gift of SkyNews