M45
the Pleiades in Taurus

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2.4'' refractor  28 x

Very bright open collection of stars. The main 6 stars forming a small dipper shape can be viewed within a degree. This is one cluster you can never get enough of!

North at 10 o'clock, East at 1 o'clock

         


10.1'' reflector  43 x

Plotting the Pleiades is like playing a complex connect-the-dot with an RFT. Low-power barely fits the 6 brightest stars. A rich star field with a wide range of magnitudes, many smaller asterisms and polygon shapes visible. The faint reflection nebula could not be seen. Moon at 1st Quarter.

North at 5 o'clock, East at 2 o'clock






10.1'' reflector    Mallincam DS432cTEC with 0.5 focal reducer
Live-stacked frames = 10, Exposure = 15 sec, Gain = 15/250


The reflection nebula portion of the Pleiades is easily pulled out of the background sky via EAA! The wispy details around Merope (lower-left "bowl" star) and Maia (upper-right) are especially striking.

North is at 12 o'clock, East at 9 o'clock






80mm refractor    Mallincam DS432cTEC
Live-stacked frames = 50, Exposure = 511 msec, Gain = 82/250


Low power view of the Pleiades, dozens of stars visible.

North is at 3 o'clock, East at 12 o'clock