M45 – The Pleiades (or Seven Sisters), Through the Isle of Wight Haze, 30/09/2014

M4s - The Pleiades - 30/09/2014

M45 – The Pleiades – 30/09/2014

This is only my second attempt at this lovely object – it seems to have passed me by in an imaging sense up until now, and the hazy prevented me from doing too much this time too. This is about 70-80 minutes of 4 minute subs.  I took more, but had to discard a fair few due to excessive haze.  The final result here is still hazy as anything, but as this is the first time I’ve ever caught the nebulosity that surrounds this gorgeous object, Ive decided to put it up anyway.  I’ll revisit this on a better night and do something a bit more with it.  Unfortunatley, I can’t really add to this data, as this session was too hazy to be worth keeping.  As a stand alone shot though, I kind of like the haze – it gives it a sort of dream-like look.  You can see the wisps of nebulosity around the stars.  This would be a lot clearer if I hasn’t have been looking through all that murk…!

This was stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and finished off in Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom.  It was taken with the Starwave 102ED refractor, with the astro-modified Canon EOS 1100D, guided by a finder guider using PHD guiding, on my HEQ5 pro mount.  An astronomic CLS clip filter was used to cut out what small amount of light pollution there was on the IOW.

 

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