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Matariki / Pleiades, 



    
        

            Steffen Boelaars
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Matariki / Pleiades

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Matariki / Pleiades, 



    
        

            Steffen Boelaars
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Matariki / Pleiades

Imaging telescopes or lenses: GSO Ritchey-Chrétien 8" Carbon

Imaging cameras: Nikon D850

Mounts: iOptron CEM25-EC

Software: Photoshop CC  ·  Lightroom CC  ·  PixInsight 1.8

Accessory: QHYCCD Polemaster  ·  StarLight Instruments Feather Touch Focuser 2" LightWeight


Dates:Sept. 1, 2019

Frames: 73x120" (2h 26') ISO1600

Integration: 2h 26'

Darks: ~100

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 2.42 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.47%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00

Temperature: 3.00


Astrometry.net job: 2898445

RA center: 3h 47' 21"

DEC center: +24° 14' 10"

Pixel scale: 0.559 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -7.066 degrees

Field radius: 0.756 degrees


Resolution: 8060x5456

Locations: Star Field, Ruakokoputuna, Wellington, New Zealand

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility

Description

Lens flares, including a huge crudely photoshopped-out one, vignetting, visible sensor dust because of no flat frames, ... but! My first image of Matariki, as the Māori call it. Known as Pleiades outside of New Zealand. Not displeased with it as this was just a research/practice shot. It's quite faint. I hope to make a much better one later this summer when it rises higher in the sky though!

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Matariki / Pleiades, 



    
        

            Steffen Boelaars