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Astrophotography Gallery > Star Clusters > The Pleiades
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Location: Ahwahnee Hills Observatory
The Pleiades, also known as Messier 45, is a beautiful star cluster dominated by hot, bright blue stars. This magnificent cluster is easily visible to the naked eye from almost anywhere. The stars in the cluster happen to be traveling in the same area as some interstellar dust, resulting in a beautiful reflection nebula. The Maia nebula, known as NGC 1432, surrounds the star Maia, which is located on the right side of the cluster. NGC 1435, also known as the Merope nebula, dominates the left side of the image. Estimated distance to the nebula is between 390 and 460 light years from Earth.
Mount: Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Camera: Canon 60D (Stock)
Scope/Lens: Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Guide Scope: Orion ST 80mm f/5 Refractor
Guide Camera: Orion Starshoot Autoguider
Exposure #1 (RGB):
   54 x 50 Seconds @ ISO 1600, f/3.9
   17 Darks, 40 Flats/Dark Flats/Bias

Integration: 0 Hours, 45 Minutes, 0 Seconds
Processing: BackyardEOS, PHD, DeepSkyStacker, Adobe Photoshop CS6
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