Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  Maia nebula  ·  Merope nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  NGC 1435  ·  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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Pleadies...5 of the 7 Sisters, 


            John Michael Bell...
Pleadies...5 of the 7 Sisters
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Pleadies...5 of the 7 Sisters

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific ED80CF Air-Spaced Triplet Apochromatic Refractor

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 178MC-Cool

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue 50mm Little Rascal Scope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 120 MC-S

Focal reducers: Tele Vue 0.8X 2-Inch Reducer/Flattener TE-TRF-2008

Software: Gradient Exterminator GradientXTerminator  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CC 2018  ·  ProDigital Software Astronomy Tools Actions Set  ·  Stellarium  ·  DeepSkyStacker  ·  PHD2 PHD 2.6.5  ·  PPIP v2.5.4  ·  STARIZONA PS ACTION SET  ·  Russell Croman Star Shrink  ·  ZWO Designs ASICAP

Filters: Optolong 2" L pro

Accessory: Telrad Finder  ·  Self 3-D printed Bahtinov Mask

Dates:Aug. 22, 2019

Frames:Optolong 2" L pro: 25x150" (gain: 100.00) -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 1.0 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~150

Avg. Moon age: 21.08 days

Avg. Moon phase: 61.31%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00

Temperature: 33.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2878104

RA center: 3h 46' 13"

DEC center: +24° 5' 20"

Pixel scale: 0.652 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 85.193 degrees

Field radius: 0.668 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1216

Locations: Backyard, Tucson, Arizona, United States

Data source: Backyard


Hi everyone again,
Just working hard to get back into my usual process. It was surprisingly dificult to start up astrophotography after only 2 months off. I sat down to process this and felt completely lost. With my bakcyards limited sky space I've been having to wait until ealry morning to get some new targets which limits the amount of exposure time I have. Anyways, I hope you like my take on "5 out of the 7 Sisters".




John Michael Bell...
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Pleadies...5 of the 7 Sisters, 


            John Michael Bell...