NGC 1499 - The California Nebula
NGC 1499 is an emission nebula located in Perseus. It is 1,000 light years away and has the shape of the state of California.
This first image was a photograph with a 200mm F2.8 lens and a modified Canon T3i set at ISO 800. The resultant image is a stack of three two-minute exposures.
This second image was taken using a 6-inch F5 reflector and a modified Canon T3i set at ISO 800. The resultant image is a stack of six five-minute exposures.