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Saturday, September 7, 2013

M45 & NGC457 The Pleiades and ET Cluster

I had a couple of clear nights in a row, the weather patterns must be changing. The has been a horrible summer for astrophotography. I started M45 & NGC 457 on Aug 15,2013 & was just able to finish both on Sept 5.
 
M45 The Pleiades Cluster
 
I waited until about 2am both nights to capture this.

Camera::QHYCCD QHY9M
Telescope: AstroTech AT65EDQ
 
Imaged Aug 14 & Sept 5
 
Luminance 9x600 bin 1x1 (90 min)
Red 6x300 bin 2x2 (30 min)
Green 6x300 2x2 (30 min)
Blue 9x300 bin 2x2 (45 min)


Cropped & Rotated

 


I blended in some elements of "last year's" Pleiades taken with my ED102T CF seen below:
 


Taken 11/7/2011 with T3i & ST-80T
 
 
 
 
NGC 457 The "ET" Cluster
 
Camera::QHYCCD QHY9M
Telescope: AstroTech AT65EDQ
 
Imaged Aug 14 & Sept 5
Luminance 8x600 bin 1x1 (80 min)
Red 6x300 bin 2x2  (30 min)
Green 6x300 bin 2x2 (30 min)
Blue 6x300 bin 2x2 (30 min)



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2 comments:

  1. Great Images Chuck! Glad the weather has finally turned for you. I love NGC 457, such a beautiful star field, I can see why ET called home.

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  2. Thanks Jeff! ET was kind of a fill in until I could image the Pleiades at 2am. I'll try M45 again with my 102mm later in the fall

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