M45, the Pleiades Star Cluster

Photographer
Jon Greif
Email
greif.jon@gmail.com
Location of photo
Mayhill, NM, USA taken remotely from La Jolla, CA, using itelescope.net.
Date/Time of photo
July 11, 2016 at 10:30 pm
Equipment
Takahashi 106 mm refractor and Takahashi imaging system
Description
The Pleiades or Seven Sisters (Messier 45), is an open star cluster located in the constellation Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth at about 400 light years, and can be seen by the naked eye, currently almost directly overhead, soon after dark. Averting your vision, once you see it, makes it more apparent. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust forms the faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars.