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Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  IC 353, Maia nebula, Merope nebula, NGC 1432, NGC 1435, The star 18Tau, The star 32Tau, The star Atlas (27Tau), The star Celaeno (16Tau), The star Electra (17Tau), The star Merope (23Tau), The star Pleione (28Tau), The star Sterope I (21Tau), The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star ηTau
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Pleiades Cluster (Messier 45) Wide, 


            Miles Zhou
Pleiades Cluster (Messier 45) Wide
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Pleiades Cluster (Messier 45) Wide

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Rokinon 135mm f/2

Imaging cameras: QSI 583ws

Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO

Software: Adobe Lightroom CC  ·  PixInsight for Mac

Filters: Astrodon luminance filter  ·  Astrodon RGB  ·  Astrodon LRGB Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance Filters

Dates:Oct. 30, 2016

Frames: 72x300"

Integration: 6.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 29.33 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.05%

Basic astrometry details job: 1898528

RA center: 3h 47' 54"

DEC center: +24° 13' 22"

Pixel scale: 8.619 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.240 degrees

Field radius: 4.923 degrees

Resolution: 3286x2474

Locations: Deep Sky West, Rowe, New Mexico, United States


The Pleiades star cluster is also known as the Seven Sisters, and categorized as Messier 45. It is a prominent object in the night sky with a conspicuous place in ancient mythology. The cluster is among the nearest to Earth, and the most obvious to the naked eye. Although only a handful are visible to the unaided eye, it contains hundreds of stars, some of them surrounded by swirls of nebulosity.

Efforts have been made to reveal such nebulosity.



Miles Zhou
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Pleiades Cluster (Messier 45) Wide, 


            Miles Zhou

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