The Pleiades

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The Pleiades, M45

The Pleiades are open cluster in the constellation of Taurus. It is the best known open cluster in the northern night sky. And it is most popular cluster in Japan. The cluster is dominated by young blue stars. There are a lot of dust in the cluster. It forms faint reflection nebulosity around these bright stars. Here is a link of larger picture of Pleiades.

Right Ascension 03h47m24sec, Declination +24 7'

Imaging information

Optics: Takahashi TOA130S, TOA35Reducer

Camera: SBIG STL-11000M, Astronomik Type2C LRGB filters

Exposure: L=120min(15minx8), R=20min, G=20min, B=20min(RGB:2x2binned)

Software: Stellaimage5, PhotoshopCS

Location: Yoshinaga town, Okayama Prefecture, 2006