The Pleiades
M45

Double Cluster

The name Pleiades has been known as long as any of the constellations or star clusters. It is mentioned in the book of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible and Homer mentions it in the Odyssey. It is one of the most well know objects in the sky by even the most casual observers.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M45, The Seven Sisters
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Taurus
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 440 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Open Cluster
Exposure: 225 min RGB and 240 min Luminance Position: R.A. 3 hr 47 min , Dec +240 07'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 15-20 October 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village