M45 - The Pleiades in Taurus

The Pleiades

M45 - The Pleiades in Taurus

Much has been written on this cluster. It has been known since antiquity. It is easily visible with the unaided eye from all but the most light polluted skies. Here are two articles for those who would like to read more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades_(Greek_mythology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades_(star_cluster)

Scope: Astro-Physics AP155EDF
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Instruments U16M with Astrodon Gen II LRGB filters
Luminance 15 x 5 minutes
RGB 12 x 10 min per channel
Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
Oct, 2011
Ambient temp 5C; camera temp -20C; Waxing Moon
Images captured in CCDSoft v5.0
Reduced, Aligned and combined in Maxim
Levels, curves and other tweaks in Photoshop CS4
All orchestrated by CCD-Commander.

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