Astronomy and astrophotography under California stars


Open Star Cluster in Taurus
The Pleiades, one of the best-known open star clusters in the sky. Photo taken using a Takahashi TOA-150 telescope and an FLI ML11002-C camera.
Other Names/Objects Subaru | The Seven Sisters
Optics Takahashi TOA-150 f/7.33 triplet apochromatic refractor
Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME II
Camera FLI MicroLine KAI-11002-C at -25°C
Exposure 120 minutes (12 x 10 minutes)
Calibration 24 darks | 0 flats | 0 flat darks | 0 bias
Air Temperature 59°F
Accessories Takahashi 67 Field Flattener | Autoguided using a Takahashi FS-60Q telescope and SBIG ST-i guide camera
Location CaliforniaStars Observatory in Landers, California
Date November 26, 2017
Notes The Pleiades is one of the best-known open star clusters in the sky owing to its brightness and dominance in the northern hemisphere's winter sky. The brightest stars here formed from the same gas cloud and are considered fairly young stars.

Processing: TheSkyX for acquisition. MaxIm DL Pro v6 for calibrate, Bayer CFA interpolation, register, and combine. Photoshop CC for curves, levels, saturation, resize and JPG compression.

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