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Contains:  16 Tau, 17 Tau, 18 Tau, 19 q Tau, 20 Tau, 21 Tau, 22 Tau, 23 Tau, 24 Tau, 25 eta Tau, 26 Tau, 27 Tau, 28 Tau, Alcyone, Asterope, Atlas, Celaeno, Electra, IC349, Maia, Maia nebula, Merope, Merope nebula, NGC 1432, NGC 1435, NGC1435, Pleione, Sterope II, Taygeta, 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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Pleiades Open Cluster, 


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Pleiades Open Cluster

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SVQ100

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 6D Mark II (unmodified)

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI174MM Mini

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto Pixinsight 1.8  ·  GIMP  ·  PHD2 Guiding

Accessory: Celestron OAG

Dates:Sept. 1, 2019Sept. 8, 2019Sept. 9, 2019

Frames: 126x120" ISO1600

Integration: 4.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 7.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 53.59%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00 job: 2916170

RA center: 3h 46' 20"

DEC center: +24° 7' 33"

Pixel scale: 2.037 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 25.233 degrees

Field radius: 1.701 degrees

Resolution: 5000x3334

Data source: Backyard


The Pleiades open cluster (M45) is moving through a dusty region of space. The bright blue stars cause the blue reflection nebula.

I like keeping the faint dusty detail, well, faint. There are hints that it's there, and I think the overall image looks best that way.



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  • Pleiades Open Cluster, 


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    Pleiades Open Cluster, 




Description: All new processing mainly aimed to keep the size of the main stars of the cluster under control, and for color.

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Pleiades Open Cluster,