A large view on the Pleiades, the Messier 45 open star cluster – 11 Nov. 2023

We are pleased to share this image of the celebrated Pleiades, also known as Messier 45, one of the most spectacular deep sky objects in the sky.

The Pleiades (Messier 45) open star cluster. 11 Nov. 2023.

The Pleiades (Messier 45) open star cluster. 11 Nov. 2023.

The image above comes from the combination of 16, 120-second exposures, remotely taken with the Samyang 135+Paramount ME+ZWO ASI 6200MC Pro robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy.

The frames were carefully processed by the DeepLab team and the resulting image is breath-taking, to say the least. The covered field of view is of 15 x 10 square degrees and covers much more than the area of the Messier 45 cluster. Plenty of dust is there, providing a sort of 3D view.

Pleiades are easy to see by naked eye, even from a small cities. They have been admired since the ancient times and are celebrated in star lores of every culture.

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