The Pleiades

The Pleiades. The Seven Sisters. The Ladies. M45. Whatever you call it, this is one of the most beautiful open clusters to photograph. Located in the constellation Taurus, visually it appears like a tiny dipper, and is sometimes mistaken for the little dipper by novice sky gazers. Composed of hot blue stars that have formed in only the last 100 million or so years, it is also one of the closes star clusters to our solar system, being somewhere around 450 light years from earth.

Image Details
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II (Modified)
Optic: Veloce RH-200 @ f/3
Exposure: 20x5minutes
Mount: Paramount MX
Date: September 15, 2012
Other: Imaged from Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station (GMARS), a Riverside Astronomical Society dark sky site.

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The Pleiades