M 45 –¬†Pleiades

Pictures taken on Saturday 29th November 2016 from Brumano (BG)

 

The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier 45 or M 45), 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 celestial entity has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.

The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternative name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which the stars are currently passing. Computer simulations have shown that the Pleiades was probably formed from a compact configuration that resembled the Orion Nebula. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Equipment:
Takahashi FSQ 106 EDXIII F/3.6
CCD Moravian G2 8300
Guide scope Tecnosky 60/228mm
Guide camera Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Mount Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6

 

Shots:
RGB 8 x 500s
L 7 x 500s

 

Processing:
Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CC2015

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