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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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            Stefano Minelli


Technical card

Resolution: 4928x3264

Dates:Oct. 7, 2015

Frames:Baader UHC-S Nebula-Filter 2": 20x240" ISO800 bin 1x1

Integration: 1.3 hours

Darks: ~10

Flats: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 24.60 days

Avg. Moon phase: 25.08%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 18.00 job: 804676

RA center: 56.702 degrees

DEC center: 24.001 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.323 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 85.475 degrees

Field radius: 1.086 degrees

Locations: Campagna Toscana, Grosseto, Grosseto, Italy


From Wikipedia. The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier 45 or M45), is an open star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternative name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which the stars are currently passing. Computer simulations have shown that the Pleiades was probably formed from a compact configuration that resembled the Orion Nebula. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood



Stefano Minelli
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            Stefano Minelli

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