Pleiades Cluster (M45)

Taken with a 200mm lens, this wide field image gives a seldom-seen view of the Pleiades. The top left corner is near the Milky Way, and has many more stars than the bottom right corner. It can be seen that reflection nebulosity, between Earth and the Milky Way, extends well beyond the cluster itself. I had a small technical problem using Maxim DL to run my autoguider for the first time, and there is slight streaking of stars.

Verendrye airstrip, October 6, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 AM; T=+3 C, seeing excellent (zodiacal light at 5 AM!). 7x15 min, 200mm lens on Canon XSi; no filters; autoguided.

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