M45 The Pleiades

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Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 28, 2004

Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  (B)RGB 16x8:4x8:4x8:16x8 minutes
    • B binned 1x1
    • RG binned 2x2
  • RGB Combine Ratios:  2.27:1.00:1.26
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV80S @ f/4.9
  • Mount:  Meade LX200 w/ super wedge
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-2000XM CCD, SBIG CFW-8
  • Location:  My backyard in Goleta, CA
  • Date/Time:  November 21, 2003,  20:40-00:00 PST
  • Processing:  Taken and reduced in CCDSoft v5.  Combined sub-exposures with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  DDP to Luminance with custom software.  Two iterations of CCDSharp to Luminance.  Gradiants removed and color combined with custom software.  Curves/levels/saturation adjusted, Luminance applied, Unsharp Mask in Photoshop 8.
  • Name: The Pleiades, M45
  • Type:  Open Cluster and Reflection Nebula
  • Constellation:  Taurus

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