Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Barnard's Merope Nebula  ·  IC 349  ·  Maia Nebula  ·  Merope Nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  NGC 1435  ·  The star Atlas (27Tau)  ·  The star Celaeno (16Tau)  ·  The star Electra (17Tau)  ·  The star Merope (23Tau)  ·  The star Pleione (28Tau)  ·  The star Sterope I (21Tau)  ·  The star Taygeta (19Tau)  ·  The star ηTau
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The Pleiades M45, 


            David Wills (PixelSkies)
The Pleiades M45
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Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4242161

RA center: 3h 46' 57"

DEC center: +24° 2' 6"

Pixel scale: 2.049 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.541 degrees

Field radius: 0.999 degrees

Resolution: 2200x2734

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: PixelSkies


M45 The Pleiades is also known as the Seven Sisters is an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the constellation Taurus. It is among the star clusters nearest to Earth, it is the nearest Messier object to Earth, and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.

Captured by David Wills at PixelSkies, Castillejar, Spain http://www.pixelskiesastro.com

Lum 79 x 600s
Red 38 x 180s
Green 36 x 180s
Blue 36 x 180s

18 Hours 30 mins in total.

Equipment used:

Telescope: Takahashi Baby Q FSQ-85ED F5.3

Camera: Xpress Trius SX-694 Pro Mono Cooled to -10C

Image Scale: 2.08

Guiding: OAG

Filters: Astronomik Lum, Red, Green, Blue

Mount: iOptron CEM60 "Standard" GOTO Centre Balanced Equatorial Mount

Image Acquisition: Voyager

Observatory control: Lunatico Dragonfly

Stacking and Calibrating: Pixinsight

Processing: Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CC


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Sky plot


The Pleiades M45, 


            David Wills (PixelSkies)

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