Basic object information

Object name: NGC 1499
Popular name: California Nebula
Object type: Bright nebula
Magnitude: 5.0
Size: 160.0'x40.0'
Object classification: E
Description: vF,vL,mE ns,dif
Notes: California Nebula;0.6 deg from Xi Per

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 04h 03m 12.0s
Dec (J2000.0): +36 22' 00"

Constellation: Perseus


Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Tähtikallio, Artjärvi, Finland
Date/Time: 22/23.9.2006 23:40

Telescope: Konus refractor 80/400 mm

Magn: 10x

Filter: H-beta

Field: 270'

NE Lim.mag: 6.4

Background sky: 3

Seeing: 3

Visuality: III

Height: 34


Weather: +10C

I haven't seen this nebula before so I was pretty surprised how easy and large it is with 80 mm Konus refractor at 10x and H-beta filter. The nebula is very obvious with averted vision. A long hazy patch goes thru the field and the brightest areas stand out even with direct vision. The southern edge is a bit fainter than northern.