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M45 the Pliedes

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Jan 24, 2009.

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    First 'guided' stab at this but the night was a distaster the camera wouldn't work the mount kept sinking in the quagmire that out back garden is at the moment and then all the lenses dewed up - basically 3 hours of fiddling for 2 lousy subframes when I really was aiming for about 20!!

    This is a lovely open cluster in taurus and easily seen with the naked eye just above the Bulls horns looks like a mini 'plough' shape - these are new hot stars that are lighting up the gas around them - this is the cloudiness and is referred to as a reflection nebula as the gas is not producing the light.

    I'm sure you will be kind but I am far from happy with it.

    I hope the camera problem isn't terminal - but I was a grumpy bunny at 1 am

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    As they say: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again... :)

    It's a good starting point! I was out looking at that one last night... it's one of my favorites i have found so far. Also looking at Orion's "fuzzy bits"... M42 - The Orion Nebula - cool! :biggrin:

    Was not crazy enough to be out till too late though...
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    ooo did Dawn get to look at the fuzzy bits as well?
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    nah... she was hiding inside in the warmth :rolleyes3:
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    Did you see any detail in it at all? I find it takes wuite a while at the eyepeice before anthing 'pops out at you'

    Many congratulations by the way you are making pretty speedy progress sir!
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    The Pleiades i can see quite well (not the blue nebulosity though). The Orion Nebula is a bit too dim for me to see on the higher magnifications. On the lower magnification (aprox x70 with a barlow lens) i can make out the cluster of a few of the brighter stars in the nebula with a hint of the nebula cloud around them. Good enough for me :)
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    lowest possible mag is the best - wouldn't use the barlow TBH - the thing to look for are the 4 hot stars inthe heart the trapezium :D
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    it was lovely and clear at 1.30 this morning, would have been a great time to get the scope out but sadly neither of us was in a fit state:sorry: i think they're great pictures Chris
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    That's the trouble I have. I struggle to keep my eyes open after 10pm. :unsure:
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    i think i'm a summer astronomer too :yes:
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    unfortunately it doesn't get dark in the summer
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    in the summer there are several weeks when we don't even get 'astronomical twilight'
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    well maybe when it's just not -2!!! how do you keep warm? i had a microfibre fleece and a north face puffa type coat that is usually really warm - used it for up cairngorm when we go up there and i was freezing withing 15 mins
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    How do you stay awake???
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    Keeping warm isa challenge for sure - thinking of getting some serious polar stuff

    usually wear tshirt 2 jumpers coat scarf hat and fingerles gloves and thermal socks - its nearly as appealing an image as the wetsuit one :D
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    Its exciting
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    And how do you stay awake the next day at work when your classroom is the warmest room in the school?
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    coffee with a dash of coffee, and a coffee chaser!

    you should never have too much blood in your caffeine system
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