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Moon in the Pleiades


Canon 20Da

Date 20 July 2006
Description This is a picture of the moon as it enters the Pleiades star cluster. The picture is highly processed since the moon is so bright that exposures showing detail on the bright side of the moon would not show any stars.
Processing A combination of 2 pictures taken with the TV85 mounted on a Telepod mount. The bright side of the moon was exposed for 1/320 of a second. The dark side and the Pleiades star cluster was exposed for 1.6 seconds. Both pictures were taken at ISO 1600. Processing for contrast, alignment and brightness in Images Plus. You can see that the stars are a bit elongated and this is because of the long exposure using a non-tracking mount.