Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  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
M 45 Pleiades, 


M 45 Pleiades
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M 45 Pleiades

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: PRO 80ED OTA Refractor Sky Watcher

Imaging cameras: 40D Canon

Mounts: CG5 Equatorial Celestron

Guiding telescopes or lenses: 80 mm Short Tube Refractor - Auto Guiding Orion

Guiding cameras: Star Shooter Autoguider Orion

Focal reducers: 0.85 Focal Reducer-Flattner(ED80) Orion

Software: PHD Guiding and Noell's Tools  ·  3.3.3 Beta 47; 4.5; CS 5 Deep Sky Stacker, Image Plus and Photo Shop  ·  Fire Stone

Dates:Feb. 3, 2014

15x120" (30') ISO1600
5x420" (35') ISO400

Integration: 1h 5'

Avg. Moon age: 4.05 days

Avg. Moon phase: 17.46%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 176927

RA center: 3h 46' 53"

DEC center: +24° 2' 56"

Orientation: 94.587 degrees

Field radius: 1.466 degrees

Resolution: 620x410

Locations: Skip Rapp ---- All images taken from driveway at home, Leesburg, Florida, United States


M 45 also known as (The Pleiades or Seven Sisters) which is an Open Cluster located in the constellation Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars. The major members of this cluster can be seen in a slight haze of nebulosity. This object can be seen by the naked eye.

It was cataloged by Charles Messier in March of 1769. It is estimated to be 380 light years from our Earth.


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M 45 Pleiades,