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Took this late night capture under moonlight into black and white. Nice with Venus and Pleiades there in the sky too.

Sycamore Creek - Tonto National Forest

Sailing on a sunset cruise on the Hood Canal, the Pleiades is an authentic replica of an 1830 Eastport Pinky Schooner. A beautiful vessel indeed.


The Pleiades, companions of Artemis, were the seven daughters of the titan Atlas

Pentax 28mm lens, Atik 460exm CCD.


Michael L Hyde (c) 2015

Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso

Just a quick and dirty 30s shot using a Canon 6D and 200L, ISO3200. Horrible sky conditions last night prevented me from getting much worthwhile. It's a shame too because I believe this was the closest approach to Pleiades!


T:Takahashi FSQ 106ED @f/3,65 w 0.73x focal reducer

M: Astrophysics Mach1 GTO

C: QSI 690ws-g8


F: Astronomic deep sky LRGB set

Foc: Sharp Sky Pro foucser

CPU: Eagle-S Primalucelab


Sw: Sequence Generator Pro - PHD2 - Pixinsight 1.8


L:R:G:B=12:12:12:12 x 300"

Bias: 21

Dark: 21

Flat: 25

Single 4 second exposure of The Pleiades Open Star Cluster


the tail was showing up using my 135 F2 on the 6D ISO 12,800. single shot the stars are purple because of the Chromatic Aberration from the lens

Pleiades taken from Northumberland 21/02/15

Also called The Seven Sisters or M45. Crop of a wide field image taken with a Canon 6D (unmodified) through a Skywatcher ED80 (with 0.85x focal reducer) on an NEQ6 mount. 30 2min exposures.

Testaufnahme mit der Canon 6D

Trotz schlechter Transparenz, recht gutes Ergebnis dabei herausgekommen


distance 444 ly



Skywatcher ED80/600

Skywatcher Reducer x0,85

Canon 6D

Celestron AVX



i-Nova PLA-Mx on 9x50 Finderscope



30x300s ISO3200




total exposure time: 2:30


Processing: PixInsight/Lightroom


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Taken in colour, LRGB, with only 30 pics of 30 secs for luminance and 8 each of 30 secs for RGB. Taken from Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. Equipment: ASI1600 mono-cooled camera, set at -20c and gain 75.; Takahashi Epsilon 130D; Software Bisque MyT mount; Astrodon LRGB filters.


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Pleiades hybrid image. I combined 30x60second images shot with the HyperStar & QHY23M through a Baader Luminance filter. I combined this new luminance layer with RGB from last years' effort. New RGB would've been nice, but the forecast shows clouds from now until 2015


11" Celestron EdgeHD+HyperStar (F/2)

CGEM-DX mount



Picture saved with settings embedded.

Another "fast" shot made with the new Veloce RH200 from Officina Stellare. This time is a 20:20:10:20 LLRGB. I did not use one of the Green shot becouse of the reflections induced by an bad filterset. I've used two different filtersets and combined two separate images, the first was OK and for the second I've made a syntetic G channel from the R and B an then matched the colors with the first one and, finally, combined both.

This is the results.

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During the cold winter months stargazers in the northern hemisphere are treated to a beautiful open star cluster called The Pleiades. It is also known as the Seven Sisters and Maia Nebula while its official designations are M45 and Melotte 22. This beautiful cluster is not reserved only for star gazers in the northern latitudes as it is visible as far south as the southern tip of South America.

Hot blue stars formed within the last 100 million years dominate this cluster. Astronomers estimate that in about 250 million years tidal interactions will tear it apart and during that time its normal direction of movement will have carried it from the constellation Taurus into neighboring Orion.

This bright star cluster has been mentioned in the literature of most cultures and therefore has many names – the Starry Seven, the Net of Stars, the Seven Virgins, the Daughters of Pleione, the Stars of Athyr and the Little Eyes just to name a few.


Date:Sept 22 & Nov 25, 2014

Telescope:William Optics Star71

Mount:GCEM DX (Sept22) / AP Mach 1 (Nov25)

Camera:Atik 460ex

Filters:Astrodon LRGB Gen2

Exposures:L:R:G:B = 96m:42m:42m:42m (RGB bin 2x2)


The Pleiades

Only 5x2min subs were any good out of about 25 due to a patchy mist.


Shot with an unmodified Nikon D7000, ISO1600, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 stopped at f/3.5 on an iOptron SkyTracker.

30 x 2' subs were stacked.


fully annotated version here:


Center (RA, Dec):(45.923, 26.330)

Center (RA, hms):03h 03m 41.602s

Center (Dec, dms):+26° 19' 47.410"

Size:26 x 17.2 deg

Radius:15.604 deg

Pixel scale:18.9 arcsec/pixel

Orientation:Up is -19.7 degrees E of N


Acquired from Lake Sonoma, CA the night of Jan 24, 2015

Scope: Orion Optics VX6 with 1/10 PV upgraded optics

Guide Scope: Skywatcher ST80

Guide Cam: QHY 5 Mono

Mount: Skywatcher HQE5

Camera: Nikon D5100 Modded

Additional: Astronomik CLS CCD Filter, Baader Mark-III MPCC Coma Corrector

Exposure: 47x300s Subs ISO:1600, Darks, Bias & Flats

Technical: 750mm f/5

Software: DSS, Pixinsight, BackyardNikon, PHD2

Skull Rock and Pleiades

A soon to rise near full moon was on the horizon and Pleiades was about to set when this was taken. Skull Rock is lighted by headlights from a passing car and a smartphone (blue).

Pleiades star cluster

I had a bit of luck last night getting this photo. Yesterday (yesternight?) was the comets closest approach to the Pleiades but it was too cloudy to go. Last night looked better so I went out to Rose Valley for a look. There was a fair amount of slow moving high clouds but the area I wanted was clear. I was happy for that because it could have gone the other way.


Since this picture was a wider angle image I used a better lens. The quality was higher. I also used lower ISO and Bulb mode, triggered with an IR remote. This worked well.



Mt. Rainier and the Pleiades at night, under a first quarter moon. Shot at Mt. Beljica, 10 miles southwest of the peak. The Pleiades are also called the Seven Sisters.


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CAMERA: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR

LENS: 85 mm f/2

FILM: Fuji S-1600 color negative

EXPOSURE: 20 seconds @ f/2

FILM NUMBER: 05-12 #15

DATE: 8/20/2005

Familiar to anyone who has looked at the night sky, this is a group of young blueish stars with foreground bluish nebulosity.


6 panel mosaic


Each panel:

LUM- 7x60 sec

RGB-5x60 sec/each


2h 12m


Telescope:11" Celestron EdgeHD+HyperStar (F/2)


Camera: QHY23M


M45 is a spectacular naked eye cluster and a photographic showpiece in Taurus. In western cultures it is popularly known as the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. In Japan, it is known as Subaru, and a stylized version of this cluster forms the Japanese car company's logo.


An interesting piece of art derived from this can be seen here.


Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5

SBIG STL-4020M (unguided)

Takahashi EM-200

Hutech LPS Filter

L:60, R:30, G:30, B:30 (3 minute subs)

Processed in Maxim/DL and Photoshop

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This is a four panel mosaic of the most famous star cluster in our sky. It has been known since antiquity by various names including The Pleiades, The Seven Sisters, and Subaru. The exposures in this image total 23 hours, but at least 30 hours of imaging over 11 nights in November and December were needed to acquire this data. The difference is because not all data was used. Some of it was not useful because the telescope was not positioned properly, or the sky conditions just weren't good enough, or the astronomer screwed something up, or some such reason.


I've worked hard to try to create this image as true to color as I could. The blue colors are due to preferential scattering of the brilliant light from the cluster's main stars. In essence, this beautiful object is blue for the same reason our sky is blue. The background contains a multitude of faint galaxies, most of which are lost in this downsized version. You can see the full size image, at 7200x6738 pixels, or 48 megapixels, on my Astrobin.


Image acquired at Sugar Grove Observatory, a facility of Twin City Amateur Astronomers, (

Shot in warm conditions in the northern hemisphere, the bright stars in the Pleiades illuminate nearby gas a beautiful blue tint.


The image is created from 18 stacked light exposures at 300 seconds each, calibrated with dark, flat, and bias frames.


Canon 550D with 200mm L-series lens on a Celestron CG-5 tracking mount.

Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters (also known as Messier 45), is an open star cluster located in the constellation Taurus and is approximately 380 light years from Earth. This image was captured using QHY8L cooled CCD camera attached to a Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN Pro. The image comprises 6 x 600s exposures, stacked and processed using Nebulosity 3 and Photoshop CS6.

The Pleiades (M45), sometimes referred to as The Seven Sisters. Shown here is the blue reflection nebula which surrounds the stars along with integrated flux nebula. This is a combination of 30 x 3 minute exposures taken with my Canon 6D and Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS Lens.


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The Seven Sisters


While out shooting Comet Lovejoy, I spent some time imaging Pleiades.


Sony A7S, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L, EQ Tracker. Each image was ISO1600, f/3.2, 2 minutes


12 Light Frames, 16 Dark Frames, 16 Flat Frames all stacked and processed in Nebulosity 3

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