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Contains:  Maia nebula, Merope nebula, NGC 1432, NGC 1435, The star 18Tau, 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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M45 Pleiades, 


M45 Pleiades
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M45 Pleiades

Technical card

Dates:Dec. 11, 2018

Frames: 34x300"

Integration: 2.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.84 days

Avg. Moon phase: 15.79%

Basic astrometry details job: 3133811

RA center: 3h 46' 49"

DEC center: +24° 10' 19"

Pixel scale: 2.338 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 169.447 degrees

Field radius: 1.299 degrees

Resolution: 3200x2400

Data source: Backyard


I have always struggled a bit when imaging the Pleiades, partly due to it's low transit altitude from Melbourne (~29 degrees), but also due to my failure to create good quality masks during processing.

This is my best attempt to date, using data captured over 2 nights. Hope to get some more data over the Xmas period to tease out some of the surrounding brown dust.

Clear Skies!



License: Attribution Creative Commons

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M45 Pleiades,