Hey IG'ers! Teagan here again for my second of the day. Today I chose to show you all my rendition of Messier 45, also known as the Pleiades Cluster or Seven Sisters. This is one of my favorite deep sky objects to both observe and image. My camera and scope create a rather small field of view due to the small size of my camera sensor so this image only shows three of the seven sisters. This star cluster can also be seen very easily to the naked eye even in awful conditions. It can be found due east after sundown. This target is GREAT for viewing through a set of binoculars! It lies a little of 440 light years away making it one of the closest clusters to us. The dust and nebulosity you see is not actually related or in anyway part of the creation of this cluster. This is a reflection nebula produced by what is known as Raleigh scattering. This is why the sky is blue! The cloud of dust is simply passing in front of the cluster and scattering its photons as they spin around our galactic core!
This image was take with a William Optics 102mm apo, an ATIK 414ex monochrome CCD, and an Orion Atlas GEM. I gathered about an hour and half of total data, so very little.. but dark skies made up for it.
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