Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Barnard's Merope Nebula  ·  IC 349  ·  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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The Pleiades, M45, simply stated, 


            Steven Bellavia
The Pleiades, M45, simply stated
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The Pleiades, M45, simply stated

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51 Petzval APO

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI183MC Pro

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ-6R Pro SynScan

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 30mm f/4 Guide Scope

Guiding cameras: ASI224MC

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight  ·  IDEIKI AstroPhotography Tool (APT)  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 4.2  ·  PHD2 Guiding

Filters: Astronomik L2 UV/IR Cut

Dates:Nov. 18, 2020

Frames:Astronomik L2 UV/IR Cut: 62x30" (gain: 100.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 0.5 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 3.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 14.59%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 20.00

Mean FWHM: 5.50

Temperature: -4.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4020718

RA center: 3h 46' 47"

DEC center: +24° 6' 28"

Pixel scale: 1.996 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.989 degrees

Field radius: 1.769 degrees

Resolution: 5310x3540

Data source: Backyard


I've seen many images of the Pleiades with long exposures and significant post-processing, and although I am a fan of "revealing the unseen", for a naked-eye object like the Pleiades, I like to keep it simple.

The Pleiades , also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, or "Subaru" in Japan, are an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the constellation Taurus. It is among the star clusters nearest to Earth, it is the nearest Messier object to Earth, and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
The cluster is dominated by hot blue and luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Reflection nebulae around the brightest stars were once thought to be left over material from the formation of the cluster, but are now considered likely to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium through which the stars are currently passing.


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The Pleiades, M45, simply stated, 


            Steven Bellavia