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During the few clear nights we've had lately, I've managed to get some time on the California Nebula.

I thought I couldn't catch this target with my unmodded DSLR, but last fall, when I was doing some wide field, I found out that my camera picked it up.

So, here's somewhat of a close up.

NGC 1499 down to Atik.

Imaged over 2 nights in January, a mixture of 3 & 4 minutes subs.

Mount: SW EQ3-2 Goto

Camera: Pentax K20D unmodded, with 135 mm f/3.5 lens @ ISO 1600, f/4

30 * 3 and 4 minutes exposures (unguided and dithered)

Processed in PI.

This is still a WIP, as I want to do star reduction and try to enhance the faint nebulosity that may just be visible in this image.


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