M45 Pleiades

Field centered on R.A. 03h 45m & DEC +24 05'

Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades is one of the brightest and closest open clusters. The Pleiades contains over 3000 stars, is about 400 light years away, and only 13 light years across. Quite evident in the above photograph are the blue reflection nebulae that surround the brighter cluster stars. Low mass, faint, brown dwarfs have also been found in the Pleiades. (Text adapted from APOD). Click here for a larger version framed in a "poster style".


Apo TEC140 (140/f7) + AP 900GTO SBIG STL11K, binning 1x1, T=-20°C R (90m) G (70m) B (150m) Optec RGB filter set

Gambugliano, Vicenza, Italy





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