Friday, August 08, 2008
M45 The Seven Sisters Open Cluster
©2008 Richard Murray
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Notes: This is the Pleiades Open Cluster nicknamed the Seven Sisters which is a reflection nebula that gets its light from the surrounding stars.
I had just completed a long imaging session of the Crescent Nebula and decided to just take a test shot of M45 to see how many of the main stars I could fit in my field of view. So I just took one short 5 minute shot using a blue filter and this is the result. It turned out pretty good for just one short exposure and no stacking.
Object: M45 Pleiades Open Cluster
Telescope: Megrez 80mm APO 0.8 Focal Reducer
Camera: Atik 16hr
Filters: Blue Filter
Exposure: Blue 1 x 5min binning 2 x 2
Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CS2
Location: Burke Ave. Observatory, Three Rivers, Michigan