Barnard’s Merope Nebula in the Pleiades Star Cluster (M45)

on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Barnard’s Merope Nebula (or IC 349) is located directly adjacent to the star Merope, often this area is heavily exposed burying this tiny object in the bright majesty of the Pleiades. It is listed as a 13th magnitude (visual brightness) nebula and is very close to Merope (about 0.06 light years). Merope is providing the dramatic lighting effects that you can see in the APOD image listed below.
Tech Specs: This image is composed of 32 x 15 second images at ISO 3200 with five dark and five bias frames. Meade LX90 12” telescope, Celestron CGEM-DX and Canon 6D camera at prime focus. DSS and ImagesPlus for processing. Imaging was done on November 4, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.
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