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).
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Celestron CGEM
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Exposure Details:
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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