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


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Maia and Merope Nebulae

Maia and Merope Nebulae

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:VC200L

Imaging camera:Canon Rebel T5i

Mount:Losmandy GM100

Guiding telescope or lens:VC200L

Guiding camera:SBIG STi-mono

Focal reducer:Vixen F/6.4 VC200L Reducer

Software:O'Telescope BackyardEOSPixInsightOpen Source PHD2 Guiding

Resolution: 1024x683

Dates:Oct. 25, 2014

Frames: 28x600"

Integration: 4.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.55 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.70% job: 401848

RA center: 3h 46' 5"

DEC center: +24° 7' 22"

Orientation: 91.969 degrees

Field radius: 0.607

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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    Maia and Merope Nebulae, 


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Maia and Merope Nebulae, 


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