M45 : The Pleiades

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M45


NGC Number:
-


Common Name:
The Pleiades 
The Seven Sisters


Constellation:
Taurus


Distance from Earth:
440 light years


Visual Magnitude:
1.6


Size:
110'


Rate:

Description:
the Pleiades (Messier object 45) are an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
29 December 2008

Location:
Italy - Passo Brocon (Trento)

Weather:
Temp = -1C

Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Images aquired with: 

Canon 350D unfiltred

Exposure Specs:
Lights: 
30x30 sec @ 1600ISO
20x60 sec @ 1600ISO
25x90 sec @ 1600ISO

Darks: 
10x30 sec @ 1600ISO
6x60 sec @ 1600ISO
10x90 sec @ 1600ISO

Flats: - 
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure: 1h10min

Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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