M45 – The Pleiades in Taurus – 11/01/2013
The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters) is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, the bull. It’s the closest star cluster to earth. This is a single exposure, taken at the end of a night. It’s a 30s exposure at ISO 800, taken with the SkyWatcher 200P f6 Newtonian, on the HEQ5. Taken with the Canon 5D. This region is totally enveloped in faint nebulosity, which hash;t been captured in this shot, as you need a lot more data to bring it out. However, I’ll be going for this target again soon, as it’s a real winter favourite. I love this shot anyway, so I thought I’d post it as a starting point.
I’ve wanted to capture the nebulosity on this object ever since I first saw it, but for some resin have never managed to be around at the right time!
For reference, the top right image is the plate-solved version …