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Let me show you Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygete, Celaeno, and Alcyone, with their parents, Atlas and Pleione. This young and hot stars compose the most famous open star cluster : The Pleiades, M45 or Subaru in Japanese.

In fact this nine stars named from the Greek mythology are the most brilliant of the cluster which count about 3000 stars. Their age is about 100 millions years.

Princesses of the winter sky, they can easily be seen unaided eyes in the constellation Taurus. It is large like four full moon. A simple binocular will show you a marvelous view.

41 exposures of 5 minutes. 5 darks, 8 flats.
Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered
Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor.
Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3.
Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor.
Outside temperature : -1°C to 3°C
Sensor temperature : 3 to 6°C
Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, pre-processing with Iris, processing with photoshop.
Location : Clavans le Haut en Oisans.


pleiades, m45, star, cluster, astronomy, deep, sky, blue, telescope, astrophotography


  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture!!

  • Thank you !!

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardover 3 years ago

    This is the best capture I’ve seen of the Pleiades, Sylvain. The background star field is so rich, and the nebulosities look frothy, almost three-dimensional. Gaps in the gas/dust lanes are clearly visible, and that’s probably what makes it look 3-D. To top it off, each of the cluster’s main stars is perfectly exposed.

    Another masterpiece!

  • Wow thank you very much Briar ! I was surprise to get so faint details after processing. The seeing was very bad this night and I still have a bit of noise but it’s not viewable on the small resolution for the web.

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Chris Day
    Chris Dayover 3 years ago

    Superb image

  • thank you

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 3 years ago


  • Hey! Thanks a lot :-)

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Beth M. Hughes
    Beth M. Hughesover 3 years ago

    I saw some of your other work by searching for this cluster, one tree at a time is good, very. I’ll look more when I have more time to oogle.

  • Thank you very much !

    – Sylvain Girard

  • jimcormier
    jimcormierover 3 years ago

    A fine image of the Pleiades. Subtle hues around Merope. Great job.

  • Thank you !!

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 3 years ago

    Spectacular! Thanks for this up close view of the Pleiades. Always wanted such a view! God bless! Merci!

  • Thanks for your comment ! Glad you like it.

    – Sylvain Girard

  • Atmos
    Atmosover 3 years ago

    Very nice capture of Pleiades, not often you see so much detail!

  • Thank you very much !

    – Sylvain Girard

  • schizomania
    schizomaniaover 1 year ago

    wow this is so amazingly beautiful!

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