December 2016 - Picture of the Month
The California Nebula (NGC 1499) in Perseus
This image was provided courtesy of Sara Wager. Visit her website for more details about the image and a larger version too.
Nebulous service has been resumed with a large emission nebula that's probably impossible for me to see from my relatively light polluted location.
If you're luck enough to find yourself under lovely dark and transparent skies try for NGC 1499 with the naked eye or binoculars, especially with the aid of a deep sky filter or two.
For once those of you with large telescopes are probably going to struggle, and astrophotographers... I'd guess you've probably already been here, right?
I've got a soft spot for monochrome. It seems to emphasise detail so much better than colour in my opinion, and Sara's managed to capture a wealth of texture and detail in this nebula.
It's most likely that we have Xi Persei in the upper middle of this image to thank for that... and Sara of course.
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.