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#1 maverick98

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:06 PM

I was searching for the pleaides cluster today but I am not sure this is it. I took a picture with my phone. Can anyone confirm this?IMG_1351.JPG


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:12 PM

Not sure where you are located, but Pleiades is currently rising around sunset in the eastern sky from my GA location.  I've heard many people who don't know what they are looking at ask if it is the little dipper because it is shaped like a tiny version of the big dipper.  It's hard to say from your pic if that is it or not... 


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:12 PM

It looks like you have caught the southwest corner of them. It looks like your image is mirror flipped, but that group of 4 stars bottom center appear to be part of the Pleiades.

Edit: if north is up in your pictures, if your field of view was moved south a little you would have had more bright stars in the pic.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:13 PM

Just about, you are center on the Eastside of it.If you go down at the 7 o'clock position you would be almost in the center.



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:14 PM

It looks like you have caught the southwest corner of them. It looks like your image is mirror flipped, but that group of 4 stars bottom center appear to be part of the Pleiades.

Edit: if north is up in your pictures, if your field of view was moved south a little you would have had more bright stars in the pic.


Thank you I was looking at the general direction that it was supposed to be, but I was not sure it is pleiades.


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#6 maverick98

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:15 PM

Just about, you are center on the Eastside of it.If you go down at the 7 o'clock position you would be almost in the center.


Thank you! This was at about x48 magnification, so I could not capture the whole thing


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:15 PM

Hope this helps.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:24 PM

Yes, you've got part of it, that chain leading into Alcyone (the double just below center image) is quite distinctive. That would make the bright star at about 8 o'clock Merope. Most of the rest of it is off to the bottom of the image.

 

You can upload the image to nova.astrometry.net, it will plate solve it for you. Then click on the "View in WorldWideTelescope" link to see it overlaid on a star map with imagery, you can crossfade between your image and the sky survey images (Image Crossfade slider near the bottom)

 

I took the liberty of uploading it, don't know how long the results pages stay around, but you can see if you can directly to the plate solution here: http://nova.astromet...40963#annotated


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 05:13 PM

Here's a pic I did recently with your pic's approximate coverage shown...

 

BTW your image is not mirror-flipped....

 

IMG_3093.jpg

 

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

That beautiful tight star triangle next to Alcyone, the brightest star in your photo and in the entire cluster, is instantly recognizable. In your photo it reminds me a bit of an animal track. Or maybe a bird.


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 08:14 PM

There's an annotated, clickable image of M45 posted at https://www.insighto...ar-cluster.html



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Posted 23 October 2019 - 10:16 PM

I was searching for the pleaides cluster today but I am not sure this is it. I took a picture with my phone. Can anyone confirm this? IMG_1351.JPG


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What scope and eyepiece where you using?
Part of the Pleiades looks kind of like that. But that certainly is not all of it.

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 06:11 AM

Look for the bloody Subaru emblem above Taurus - that'll be the Pleiades.

 

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Posted 26 October 2019 - 09:43 PM

That is pretty good considering you're holding your phone camera up to the eypiece? What kind of phone is it? What settings did you use?



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Posted 27 October 2019 - 03:08 AM

That is pretty good considering you're holding your phone camera up to the eypiece? What kind of phone is it? What settings did you use?


I am using Iphone 8 plus , no phone holder just steady hands. My telescope is 10 inch dobsonian.
For this photo I used a 25mm eyepiece so x48 magnification


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:22 PM

Hi Friend,

 

You may enjoy an app like SkySafari. You can hold your phone to the sky and it will highlight the objects in that area. Likewise, you can search for an object and it will give you an arrow to move your phone in the sky until its lined up. I attribute nearly all of my knowledge of the sky to that app.

 

Cheers!

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 06:36 PM

Mine... 
RASA 11 and 094 OSC   NO DARKS OR FLATS
 

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