Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Maia nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  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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Pleiades - open cluster in Taurus, 


Pleiades - open cluster in Taurus
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Pleiades - open cluster in Taurus

Technical card

Imaging cameras: Moravian Instruments G2-8300 FW

Mounts: Gemini G53F

Software: PixInsight

Filters: Astrodon LRGB

Dates:Aug. 21, 2015

Frames: 45x60"

Integration: 0.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 6.18 days

Avg. Moon phase: 37.39%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 748958

RA center: 3h 46' 13"

DEC center: +24° 11' 13"

Pixel scale: 2.221 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.674 degrees

Field radius: 0.644 degrees

Resolution: 1666x1258

Locations: Sternwarte Kremstal, Inzersdorf im Kremstal, Oberösterreich, Austria


The Pleiades - an open cluster in the constellation Taurus at a distance of approximately 400 light-years and therefor part of our Galaxy. This open cluster is also known as Messier 45 (M45) and at least 6-7 member stars are visible to the naked eye - the brightes star has 3.0 mag. It is a wonderful object for astrophotographers and for observation with an binocular or telescope.


Sky plot

Sky plot


Pleiades - open cluster in Taurus,