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The Pleaides (Messier 45)

The Pleaides (Messier 45)

As the end of 2020 is in sight, I have a few targets to finish and complete my “Completionist Mode” version of my personal Messier Catalog. Now that the Pleaides (M45) are rising above the tree line, I captured 10 x 4 minute exposures before the top of my Skyshed dome obscured either the guider or the 8″ SCT telescope.

The blue dust is due to the super-hot blue giants that are part of this easily identifiable cluster of stars. But among all that blue, you can see little pockets of yellow and red stars. Will revisit when the 9.25″ SCT appears… 3 months and still waiting for shipping!

Star map from Astrobin
  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron SCT 8”
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
  • Mounts: Celestron AVX 
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Focal reducers: Celestron Reducer, 0.63x 

  • Dates: Nov. 9, 2020
  • Frames: 10×240″
  • Integration: 0.7 hours
  • Avg. Moon age: 23.11 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 39.87%

Full capture details on Astrobin

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