Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  IC 353  ·  IC 360  ·  Maia nebula  ·  Merope nebula  ·  NGC 1432  ·  NGC 1435  ·  NGC 1647  ·  Part of the constellation Taurus (Tau)  ·  The star Aldebaran (αTau)  ·  The star Atlas (27Tau)  ·  The star Electra (17Tau)  ·  The star Merope (23Tau)  ·  The star γTau  ·  The star δ1Tau  ·  The star εTau  ·  The star ηTau  ·  The star θ1Tau  ·  The star θ2Tau


            Amir H. Abolfath
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: sigma 85 Art

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 6 D mod

Mounts: SkyWatcher Star Adventuer

Software: Photoshop  ·  Pixinsight  ·  Images Plus

Filters: Canon Bayer filter

Frames:Canon Bayer filter: 76x120" ISO1600

Integration: 2.5 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~40

Flat darks: ~20

Bias: ~100

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00

Temperature: -1.50

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3275572

RA center: 4h 18' 43"

DEC center: +22° 14' 20"

Pixel scale: 28.314 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 38.596 degrees

Field radius: 12.705 degrees

Resolution: 2046x2500

Data source: Traveller


This cosmic vista stretches almost 20 degrees from top to bottom, across the dusty constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two star clusters recognized since antiquity in planet Earth's sky. At top, the compact Pleiades star cluster is about 400 light-years away. The lovely grouping of young cluster stars shine through dusty clouds that scatter blue starlight. At bottom, the V-shaped Hyades cluster looks more spread out in comparison and lies much closer, 150 light-years away. The Hyades cluster stars seem anchored by bright Aldebaran, a red giant star with a yellowish appearance. But Aldebaran actually lies only 65 light-years distant and just by chance along the line of sight to the Hyades cluster. Faint and darkly obscuring dust clouds found near the edge of the Taurus Molecular Cloud are also evident throughout the celestial scene. The wide field of view includes the dark nebula Barnard 22 at left and youthful star T Tauri and Hind's variable nebula just above Aldebaran in the frame. (APOD)

Aldebaran, Hyades cluster, M45 and molecular clouds of Dusty Taurus.

Optic: Sigma 85 1.4 Art at f2.8
Mount: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
Camera: Canon EOS6D modified
ISO: 1600
Filters: Bayer filter
Guider: -
EXP: 76x120s
Calibration: Dark, Flat, Bias
CMOS Temp: N/A
Dithering: NO
Software: Images Plus, PixInsight, Photoshop



Amir H. Abolfath
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            Amir H. Abolfath