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The Pleiades M45 24 September 2011 | by BudgetAstro
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The Pleiades M45 24 September 2011

We had three relatively clear nights on the bounce last week, which hasn't happened since the Roman occupation ;) This was taken Saturday night, but I only managed 12 frames before some cloud rolled in, so this is just 36 minutes.

 

Taken with the longest lens I possess at present (200mm), and then cropped a bit to take out the remnants of the amp glow that my darks don't seem to want to deal with at the moment, it doesn't reveal a lot of detail. But it looks cute! ;)

 

Nikon D70 modded, 55-200 Nikkor at 185mm (cropped), f6.3, 800iso, Baader Neodymium filter.

12 x 3 min, unguided EQ5

Darks, flats and bias

Stacked and processed in DSS and CS5, with a little help from Noel's tools.

 

Spiked :)

  

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Taken on September 24, 2011