Finding Pleiades

M3 cluster, Located in the Constellation of Canes Venatici. This cluster is simple to find. firstly, locate the bright star Arcturus in the Bootes Constellation and Cor Caroli, the brightest star in Canes Venatici. M3 is located about half way between these 2 stars on a imaginary line.
(Image from SkySafari 6 Plus)

M3 Cluster

Description: Globula Cluster Common Name: Messier 3 Messier Catalogue: 3 NGC: 5272 Constellation: Canes Venatici Size: 18 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.19 Distance: 33,900 Light Years

Image Specification

Date Taken: 27/02/2019 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Barlow: 2x Mount: SkyWatcher EQ3-2 Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 12 x 180 Seconds Total Exposure: 36 Minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
January - September
Imaging Pleiades is, you would think, fairly easy to image. It is if you just want to image the stars that make up the asterism, but to capture the nebulosity you will need a modded camera and some long exposures. You will also need to make sure that you are using a telescope/lens that allows you a wide field of view as the Pleiades covers a lage area in the sky. To capture just the stars that make up Pleiades then you will get away with a few short exposures. To capture the Nebulosity you will need to extend these exposure times considerably. My image above is 20 subs but it could do with plenty more.
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020

Finding M3

Cluster

M3 cluster, Located in the Constellation of Canes Venatici. This cluster is simple to find. firstly, locate the bright star Arcturus in the Bootes Constellation and Cor Caroli, the brightest star in Canes Venatici. M3 is located about half way between these 2 stars on a imaginary line.

M3 Cluster

Description: Globula Cluster Common Name: Messier 3 Messier Catalogue: 3 NGC: 5272 Constellation: Canes Venatici Size: 18 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +6.19 Distance: 33,900 Light Years

Image Specification

Date Taken: 27/02/2019 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener?: Barlow: 2x Mount: SkyWatcher EQ3-2 Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi-APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Video: N/A Light Frames: 12 x 180 Seconds Total Exposure: 36 Minutes Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
January - September
© Paul’s Astrophotography 2020