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Contains:  Merope nebula, NGC 1435, Maia nebula, NGC 1432, The star Pleione (28Tau), The star Atlas (27Tau), The star ηTau, The star Merope (23Tau), The star Sterope I (21Tau), The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star 18Tau, The star Electra (17Tau), The star Celaeno (16Tau)
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M45, The Pleiades, 


            Oscar Meca
M45, The Pleiades

M45, The Pleiades

Technical card

Resolution: 2048x1507

Dates:Sept. 20, 2015

Frames:Astronomik CLS CCD Clip : 40x300" ISO400

Integration: 3.3 hours

Darks: ~17

Flats: ~25

Bias: ~25

Avg. Moon age: 6.55 days

Avg. Moon phase: 41.15%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: 21.00 job: 802563

RA center: 56.659 degrees

DEC center: 24.055 degrees

Orientation: 131.896 degrees

Field radius: 1.411 degrees


The Seven Sisters

In Greek mythology, the Pleiades were seven sisters: Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope. Their parents were Atlas, a Titan commanded by the god Zeus and forced to hold up the heavens on his shoulders, and Pleione, the mythical protectress of sailors.

After a chance meeting with the hunter Orion, the Pleiades and their mother became the object of his pursuit. Enamoured with the young women, he insistintly pursued them over the face of the Earth. In pity for their plight, Zeus changed them into a flock of doves, which he then set in the heavens...

...Thus, the constellation of Orion is said to still pursue them across the fall night sky for ever.




Oscar Meca
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M45, The Pleiades, 


            Oscar Meca