Enchanted Skies

Star Clusters

M45 - The Pleiades (imaged near Kenton, OK)

The Pleiades Region near M45 (The Pleiades)


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The Pleiades (M45) is one of the best known star clusters in the Fall and Winter skies. According to Greek mythology, the stars are the seven daughters of Atlas, the titan who holds up the sky. The sisters are Alcyone, Maia, Electra, Taygeta, Celaeno, Merope and Sterope.

I imaged and processed this version to bring out the fainter nebulosity surrounding the bright star cluster.

This image was acquired at the 2015 Okie-Tex Star Party. Transparency was good.

The map to the upper right shows the position and framing of the star cluster. Clicking on the preview above brings up a larger, more detailed image.


Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens (@ f/3.2)

Canon 350D (modified)
Misc. Optics:
33 x 4 minutes @ ISO 1600
DSLR Piggybacked atop Orion ED-80 with Imaging Source (firewire) guide camera.
Raws to Tif using PhotoShop CS5. Images aligned and stacked with Nebulosity. Stacks combined and additional processing with PS5.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)