M45 (Pleiades)

Telescope: 8" Celestron Edge HD, 2032mm FL
Camera: QHY10 Color CCD, 3964 x 2712 pixels
Exposure: 39 x 15 minutes. Processed with PixInsight and Photoshop.
Location: Wall Observatory, Stratford, Connecticut
Image Center (J2000): RA 03h 47m, DEC +24° 07'

Bright open star cluster known since antiquity. The cluster contains hundreds of stars but is dominated by a few hot blue luminous stars. Interstellar dust that preferentially reflects blue light forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars.


M45 (Pleiades), Bright open star cluster known since antiquity. The cluster contains hundreds of stars but is dominated by a few hot blue luminous stars. Interstellar dust that preferentially reflects blue light forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars., acquired with a remote telescope at Wall Observatory, Stratford, Connecticut