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M45 Pleiades

M45 Pleiades
M45 Pleiades
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Product Description

The Pleiades open star cluster is considered by many to be the most stunningly beautiful cluster of bright stars in the heavens. The brighter six stars are easily visible to the unaided eye even in light polluted skies. The nine brightest stars are easily visible even through inexpensive binoculars. Brighter portions of the blue reflection nebula, called the Merope nebula, is visible through binoculars under excellent sky conditions.

Imaging Details

Date: February 23, 2006 Location: Cupertino, CA Scope: Takahashi FS102 @ 600mm Guiding: Vixen 60mm refractor with SBIG ST-4 Mount: Losmandy G-11 Camera: SBIG ST2000XM Filters: Custom Scientific in FLI CFW Exposure details (two frame mosaic, times are for each frame) Red 1x16 min Blue 3x8 min Green 3x8 min Processing: MaximDL for calibration, alignment and combining.

PSCS for final processing Noise Ninja for noise reduction in the nebula region Note: Diffraction spikes were achieved using a pair of crossed bamboo skewers in front of the objective.

Phil Terzian