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The Pleiades (M45)

This had to wait until my post processing skills and software had both improved to be processed.


Canon 40D (unmodified)
Software Bisque ME Mount (unguided)
Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS, 20mm f/4.0

Pixinsight Commercial Version 1.8
Lightroom 4.3

Light Frames:
10 x 315 secs (5 mins 15 secs) @ ISO 400

Dark Frames:
5 x 315 secs (5 mins 15 secs) @ ISO 400

Object Details from Wikipedia:
the Pleiades (pron.: /ˈpl.ədz/ or /ˈpl.ədz/), or Seven Sisters (Messier object 45 or M45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The name Pleiades comes from Greek mythology; it has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.

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The Pleiades (M45)