The star cluster known as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters — number 45 on Charles Messier’s list of non-cometary objects — has been a popular target for astrophotographers for many years. About 2,500 years ago, the Pleiades was considered a separate constellation. Today, it lies within the boundaries of Taurus the Bull.
W. Milton Gosney
Milton Gosney imaged M45 from Lucas, Texas on September 29, 2003.
Equipment used: Canon EOS 10D digital camera, 28mm lens for a 10-second exposure.
Michael Hanson imaged the Pleiades on October 6, 2003.
Equipment used: Takahashi FSQ-106 at f/5, piggybacked on a 12-inch Meade LX200, Canon 10D digital camera, for a composite of ten 3-minute exposures.
Benny Negy, Jr.
Equipment used: 8-inch Schmidt Camera at f/1.5, for a 9-minute exposure.
Benny Negy, Jr.
Equipment used: 6-inch Meade 152 ED refractor at f/9, for a combination of two 60-minute exposures.
Jean-Denis Douvier imaged the Pleiades from Doughton Park in North Carolina.
Equipment used: 8-inch Orion Sky View Pro telescope at f/4, Canon Rebel digital camera, guided by hand with a second guiding scope for a 7 stacked images.
Equipment used: 8-inch Schmidt Camera at f/1.5, for four 5-minute exposures.
The Pleiades image captured by the Big Sky Astronomical Society.
CFHT / Big Sky Astronomical Society
Members of the Big Sky Astronomical Society from Alberta, Canada, were able to image M45 using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). The group won the opportunity to use the wide-field telescope in a contest sponsored by the National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics.