Primary Name: M45
Alternate names: Messier 45,CR42, Mel22, The Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Subaru, Mutsuraboshi (Japan)
Type: Reflection Nebula
Distance: 444 Light years
Coordinates: RA: 03h 47m 24s, Dec: +24° 07′ 00″
Links: WikiSky, Wikipedia, NED, Telescopious, AstroBin Capture Details:
Dates:Nov. 8, 2020Frames: 22x180"
Integration: 1.1 hours
Avg. Moon age: 22.09 days
Avg. Moon phase: 50.67%
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikon 300mm f4.5 AI Nikon 300mm f4.5 AI
Imaging cameras: Nikon d5300
Mounts: iOptron Skyguider Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: William Optics UniGuide 32mm
Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 120mm mini
This was my first (somewhat successful) night of guiding. My initial target was the California nebula. I was unable to get guiding to work (this was because I did not know to connect the virtual mount in PHD2 for on-camera guiding)
So I ended up shooting the California Nebula unguided. Frustrated, I then played with PHD2 and finally got it to work.
I just happened to look up in the sky and saw ... M45. I was amazed that I could even recognize it by eye in my light polluted driveway (Bortle 6) but I didn't waste any time and lined up and started capturing.
It was already around 1 a.m. so I was only able to get around an hour of data. Given this, I am pretty pleased with the result