NGC 1499, the California Nebula metal print by James Hervat. Bring your artwork to life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.
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NGC 1499 is an elongated patch of emission nebulosity located in the constellation of Perseus. This swath of... more
NGC 1499 is an elongated patch of emission nebulosity located in the constellation of Perseus. This swath of ionized hydrogen, 100 light-years long, is made to glow by starlight from Xi Persei, the blue star prominent at the bottom of the photo.
The nebula's angular size in our sky is quite large, as deep-sky objects (nebulae, galaxies, star clusters) go. It is about 2.5 degrees long--this is about five times the moon's apparent diameter in the sky.
This image was made using an 1100mm focal length F/4 astrograph. The nebula, however, is much larger than the angular coverage of this instrument. Because of this, a composite of fifteen images was required to fully cover the nebula along with enough surrounding sky to achieve a pleasing composition. These were digitally assembled to create the image seen here.
The fifteen were taken over several nights during autumn of 2019. As is the normal procedure for deep-sky imaging, multip...
About James Hervat
My art depicting the science of astronomy and space exploration has been widely exhibited and published in major science/nature magazines and books. These include National Geographic, Popular Science, Omni, World Book, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Planetary Report, Equinox (Canada), Kijk (Netherlands), Sterne und Weltraum (Germany) and other publications. I have provided art (including three cover illustrations) to accompany lead articles on NASA's pioneering Voyager and Galileo spacecraft missions to the outer planets by the two leading astronomical publications, Sky and Telescope and Astronomy. One of my National Geographic contributions was selected from among that magazine's first hundred years of countless images for major...