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Pleiades open cluster by kopfgeist79 Pleiades open cluster by kopfgeist79
This is an open star cluster, called The Pleiades. Its scientific name is Messier 45. It lies in the constellation of Taurus. The Pleiades can be seen with unaided eye as a fuzzy ball in the sky. Take a bino and count the stars. With naked eye you can count up to seven stars,so they are called the seven sisters, based in the greek mythology.
An EOS 20D fixed on a 8 inch telescope was used for this picture. The total exposure time was 90 minutes.
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
freakin awesome
Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Do you know that when I was young I could stare at the southern sky and after a while I could count about 18 stars.. these days I can just make out an indistinct blue but I can still find them in the sky. Beautiful shot.
BibiuX Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
wow..I just love it!!:)...and I also love good job!:)
seancruz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Those are my favorite Sisters!

Look at my gallery, I even tried to recreate that scene.
LobotomizedGoat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like you had wonderful conditions for this exposure. Nicely done.
R-Eventide Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, nice! You even got some of the reflection nebulae, there! Wonderful photography.
starlit-sky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
90 mins:faint:
man,what can i say.congrats!:clap:
Cindy-trekfan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
I can see it very faintly at night. I saw it ones through a telescope. I LOVE this picture :)
kopfgeist79 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
thank you :) the pleiades are a lovely star cluster
kopfgeist79 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
in this pic, the stars might look very bright, but to naked eye, it is impossible to see the stars between the very bright ones.
for such an image, absolutely dark sky is needed. during the exposure time of app. 90 minutes, there mustn't be absolutely any motion. the telescope must be fixed on a stable mount.
ojin2774 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008   Photographer
That... that is TOTALLY unreal...! How could you possibly take a photo of that...? it's so amazing...
GREAT job!!
Lo3hTiy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008   Photographer
man sind die sterne hell !!
kopfgeist79 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
thank you :) . just take a telscope with a focal length of 800 mm in this case and use it as your "lens". :) sounds easily, but to get such a pic, it takes a little time :)
Aziot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008   General Artist
WOW wow amazing. That's awesome that you could take this pic. It's wonderful
shojomangarox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
oh wow that is so pretty. ^_^ how did you get this picture?
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