Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  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: PixInsight  ·  PHD2 Guiding  ·  Binary Rivers BackyardEOS

Dates:Oct. 25, 2014

Frames: 28x600"

Integration: 4.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.55 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.70%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 401848

RA center: 3h 46' 5"

DEC center: +24° 7' 22"

Orientation: 91.969 degrees

Field radius: 0.607 degrees

Resolution: 620x414

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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