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Contains:  Maia nebula, Merope nebula, NGC 1432, NGC 1435, The star Celaeno (16Tau), The star Electra (17Tau), The star Merope (23Tau), The star Sterope I (21Tau), The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star ηTau
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Maia and Merope Nebulae, 


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Maia and Merope Nebulae
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Maia and Merope Nebulae

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: VC200L

Imaging cameras: Canon Rebel T5i

Mounts: Losmandy GM100

Guiding telescopes or lenses: VC200L

Guiding cameras: SBIG STi-mono

Focal reducers: Vixen F/6.4 VC200L Reducer

Software: PHD2 Guiding  ·  Binary Rivers BackyardEOS  ·  PixInsight

Dates:Oct. 25, 2014

Frames: 28x600"

Integration: 4.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.55 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.70%

Basic astrometry details job: 400258

RA center: 3h 46' 5"

DEC center: +24° 7' 22"

Orientation: 91.948 degrees

Field radius: 0.607 degrees

Resolution: 1024x683

Locations: William J. Maloney Observatory, Pontotoc, Texas, United States


Close up of the Maia and Merope nebulae in Messier 45. This was taken during a night of great seeing (4/5) and transparency (4/5). The modified Canon T5i is proving to be quite the performer, I am impressed with its noise level (photo taken in 70 degree temps with no cooling) and signal sensitivity.



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    Maia and Merope Nebulae, 


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Maia and Merope Nebulae, 


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