Messier 45 - The Pleiades Star Cluster

 
The Pleiades, also known as Messier 45, is an open star cluster imbedded in faint nebulosity in the constellation Taurus. Within the cluster are approximately 500 stars scattered over an angular distance of 2 degrees. Distance to the Pleiades from Earth is about 550 light-years. This image was captured November 5, 1999 on a clear night in Central Virginia.

More information on the Pleiades cand be found at the SEDS web site at this link.

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Recording medium: Fuji ISO 800 35mm negative film
Exposure time: 10 minutes
Telescope: Starfinder 10-inch Newtonian
Configuration: 80mm scope used as guidescope with 12.5mm reticle eyepiece.

   
Another image of the Pleiades on T-Max 3200 film exposed for 7 minutes at prime focus through a 10" Newtonian. The image was scanned directly from the negative.
   
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