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Contains:  Maia nebula, NGC 1432, 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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Matariki / Pleiades, 


            Steffen Boelaars
Matariki / Pleiades
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Matariki / Pleiades

Technical card

Dates:Sept. 1, 2019

Frames: 73x120" ISO1600

Integration: 2.4 hours

Darks: ~100

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 2.42 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.47%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00

Temperature: 3.00

Basic astrometry details job: 2898445

RA center: 3h 47' 21"

DEC center: +24° 14' 9"

Pixel scale: 0.560 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 7.016 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


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!



Steffen Boelaars
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Matariki / Pleiades, 


            Steffen Boelaars