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I stepped into the garden at 3.30 Sunday morning and noticed Orion just rising, looked a bit higher and spotted M45, and for the first time could make it out without averted vision. The seeing must have been exceptional just then because not only could i see it directly, i could distinguish separation between the stars.

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5 minutes ago, martin_h said:

I stepped into the garden at 3.30 Sunday morning and noticed Orion just rising, looked a bit higher and spotted M45, and for the first time could make it out without averted vision. The seeing must have been exceptional just then because not only could i see it directly, i could distinguish separation between the stars.

Funny I took my first image this year of M45 last night.  A great sight.

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Hmmm....

I would not have expected, that the Merope nebula in the Pleiades extends that far - must be some of the astrophotography magics. But, as a purely visual observer and a complete neophyte to AP, I am wiser now. 😉

Stephan

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3 hours ago, Nyctimene said:

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Hmmm....

I would not have expected, that the Merope nebula in the Pleiades extends that far - must be some of the astrophotography magics. But, as a purely visual observer and a complete neophyte to AP, I am wiser now. 😉

Stephan

Hi Stephan

You do realise that image is my 'signature', and unrelated to the above post 😇 I've attached my 5 x 2mins exposure from last night below:

 

Regards

Adam

 

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The Pleiades are also affectionately known as The Seven Sisters, because visually with the unaided eye most people can count seven stars in the cluster. Some from a dark site can count more stars, and if the sky is transparent the entire cluster is bathed in nebulosity. 

  ...The Pleiades, rising through the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies Tangled in a silver braid.  -From Locksley Hall by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

 

Below-  a sketch through a 4" refractor.

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