Contains: IC 353, Merope nebula, NGC 1435, Maia nebula, NGC 1432, The star Sterope I (21Tau), The star 18Tau, The star 36Tau, The star Celaeno (16Tau), The star Pleione (28Tau), The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star Merope (23Tau), The star Electra (17Tau), The star Atlas (27Tau), The star ηTau
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Technical card

Imaging camera: Canon PowerShot A630

Guiding telescope or lens: Celestron CPC 800 XLT

Software: Canon Hack Development KitSequatorAdobe Photoshop Mobile

Resolution: 1746x1310

Dates: Nov. 12, 2017

Frames: 14x30"

Integration: 0.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.82 days

Avg. Moon phase: 32.63% job: 1817435

RA center: 57.035 degrees

DEC center: 24.916 degrees

Pixel scale: 16.347 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 36.197 degrees

Field radius: 4.956 degrees

Locations: Home Stockport, Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom


I have an old Canon PowerShot A630...not a great camera, I know, but I wanted to give it a try!
I have flashed the firmware of the camera with "Canon Hack Development Kit" in order to have custom exposure time (factory limit is 15s) and RAW output images.
The camera was on piggyback to a Celestron CPC800. I've taken 14 frames of 30s each, with darks subtracted by the camera (each shot is actually 60s: 30s dark + 30s collection). The settings were: 800 ISO f/4.1 140mm effective focal length and 30s exposure. I've stacked the 14 frames with Sequator and played a bit with PS's nothing compared to pictures of Pleiades taken with DSLR cameras but considering the gear I've used I'm really happy with the result...You can even see some of the bluish gas halo around the brightest stars!



michele vonci


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Pleiades:, michele vonci

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