Russell Croman Astrophotography  



The Pleiades – Close Up

About This Photograph

This familiar winter star cluster (summer for the southern hemisphere) is the Pleiades, also known as Subaru, and the Seven Sisters. It is a group of over 1,000 stars born within the last 100 million years, perhaps from a structure not unlike the present-day Orion Nebula. The wisps of textured dust and gas that now surround the brighter stars are currently not thought to be related to leftovers from the stars' formation, but rather simply clouds that the cluster is now passing through.


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Technical Details

Optics:PlaneWave 14" CDK
Mount:Paramount ME II
Filters:Chroma RGB
Dates/Times:23 October - 12 November 2020
Location:RC-Astro North Observatory at New Mexico Skies
Exposure Details:RGB = 120:90:100 minutes (5.2 hours total)
Acquisition:MaxIm DL 6, ACP Expert
Processing:PixInsight, Photoshop