Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hyades Cluster in Taurus with Major Star Labels

Another recognizable object that I've photographed before is on the IAS observing list for January. I'm happy to revisit the Hyades star cluster with my new camera! I took a series of short exposures and stacked the images in Deep Sky Stacker. Typically this brings out more stars which is great, but makes the original asterism less apparent - so I've included some labels and made a little star chart out of my final image.

hyades star cluster asterism with labels
Stack of 69 subs, 22 darks, 28 bias each at ISO 3200, 135mm, f/4.5, 2 sec

hyades star cluster in taurus
Stack of 69 subs, 22 darks, 28 bias each at ISO 3200, 135mm, f/4.5, 2 sec

jupiter and moons on january 21
Crop of Jupiter at f/11, 300mm, ISO 3200, 1/3 sec

That same night I also snagged a quick photo of Jupiter with my T5i on a fixed tripod. Still waiting for some warmer weather to take my mount out to play with it. It's going to be a low of -17°F on Monday. This winter is the worst!

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