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Mainak Chakraborty

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04.01.2022 at 9:30 pm


William Optics Redcat 51, QHY 294C Pro ( - 10 degree celcius, Unity gain ) ,William Optics 32 mm Uniguidescope, ZWO ASI 290 MM Guidecam, SVBony UV/IR Cut Filter


The Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters, Messier 45, is in the north-west of the constellation Taurus. At a distance of about 444 light years, it is among the nearest star clusters to Earth. M45 is an extremely bright cluster and hence easy to locate and photograph. It looks amazing in both close up shots using a long focal length Telescope, or through wide field Astrophotography Telescopes or camera lenses. This was my 4th attempt at this easily found Star Cluster, and first with Redcat 51 and QHY 294C Pro. Before this I always used my Large Refractor and mirrorless camera for detailed shots and shared one of them also. Now this was the time for wide field capture and as usual these gears amazed me by their output. The dust along with the cluster was also visible . Sharing that with you, hope u like it. 70x300” ( total 5 hrs 50 minutes ) Total integration time 5 hrs 50 minutes 40 Darks 25 Flats Bortle 4 Zone Softwares Used : EKOS for capture PHD2 for Guiding Affinity Photo for stacking & Post Processing Photoshop & Topaz Denoise AI for final representation.