The Pleiades (M45)
Photographed by Scott Davis on January 3, 2013
From Ahwahnee Hills Observatory
The beautiful Pleiades, also knows as M45 or the Seven Sisters, is a beautiful open cluster easily visible to the naked eye, even from light-polluted areas. An extended exposure reveals beautiful reflections in the nearby stellar dust clouds. This image also include the Merope Nebula (NGC1435) and the Maia Nebula (NGC1432).
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Camera settings were ISO 1600, f5.0, with an exposure time of two minutes. This image is a stack of a total of 40 light frames and 9 dark frames.
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