Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Maia nebula  ·  Merope nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  NGC 1435  ·  The star Atlas (27Tau)  ·  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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M45 (The Pleiades in Taurus), 



    
        

            Eric Solís
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M45 (The Pleiades in Taurus), 



    
        

            Eric Solís
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M45 (The Pleiades in Taurus)

Technical card

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guide Scope with helical focusing

Guiding cameras: Orion Star Shoot Autoguider Pro

Focal reducers: Badder Baader MPCC Mark III

Software: PHD2  ·  PixInsight  ·  Luc Coiffier's DSS

Filters: ZWO B 36mm  ·  ZWO G 36mm  ·  ZWO R 36mm  ·  ZWO L 36mm

Accessory: Celestron StarSense AutoAlign  ·  ZWO EFW 36mm


Dates:Nov. 27, 2017

Frames:
ZWO B 36mm: 10x60" (10') (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO G 36mm: 10x60" (10') (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO L 36mm: 60x60" (1h) (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO R 36mm: 10x60" (10') (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 1h 30'

Darks: ~16

Flats: ~22

Bias: ~110

Avg. Moon age: 8.15 days

Avg. Moon phase: 58.13%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: 30.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1844981

RA center: 3h 46' 50"

DEC center: +24° 6' 50"

Pixel scale: 2.074 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 293.705 degrees

Field radius: 0.822 degrees


Resolution: 2275x1721

Description

My first attempt at capturing the Pleiades with my new setup. I like the initial results, but I think a few more hours especially for the luminance channel would bring out more detail.

I tried different exposure lengths (60", 30" and 15" when I captured the images to try and do an HDR, but my 60" exposure wasn't even saturating so I just used the 60" exposures for this image and abandoned the HDR for now. Next time I'll have include longer exposures to try and bring out some more of the faint background nebulosity and combine that with 60" data using PixInsight's HDRComposition tool.

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Description: Restacked the subs completely in PixInsight. This is the first time I've done the entire processing in PI, and I'm quite happy with the result. The background is much smoother and more consistent vs. DSS, although it is WAY more complex to do in PI. Still I'll probably go back and reprocess most of my images this way, and use a PI-only workflow going forward.

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M45 (The Pleiades in Taurus), 



    
        

            Eric Solís