Flintstone Stargazing

December 3, 2008

M45-The Pleiades on 12/2/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 1:22 am

It’s getting very cold out, but that also means clear viewing. With my autoguiding setup, I’ve been able to begin getting some long exposure astrophotography and tonight, I aimed the camera at the Pleiades – M45. Right now, they are almost directly overhead around 10pm and they are just a wonderful target to look at with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Through my large scope, I can see a hint of the nebulosity surrounding this open cluster, particularly the Merope Nebula (which I captured with a different camera a couple days ago), though it’s tough because of the brightness of the stars always be sure. With the camera, there’s no mistaking it. It looks like a painter took some blue paint and spread it around the cluster, leaving brush strokes. It’s a beautiful sight.

It’s great to be observing and imaging again.

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2 Comments »

  1. WOW! An amazing capture of M45!

    Sean

    Comment by Sean Welton — December 8, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

  2. Thanks – it’s such a great target and so bright and easy to find (a problem with many of the fainter DSOs) that it’s a joy to capture.

    Comment by Ed — December 10, 2008 @ 5:52 pm


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