The Merope Nebula

Reflection Nebula in Taurus

Uploaded 3/15/2001

This wispy reflection nebula in Taurus is composed of dust and interstellar grains lined up along magnetic fields. While all of the cluster was too big to fit in the field, this detail reveals fine details on the order of 2 arcseconds.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Camera:  Pentax K1000, Auto guided with ST-4
Exposure:  LRGB = Luminosity 60 minutes on Hypered 2415, RGB derived from two 45 min exposures on PJ400
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature:  25 F
Processing:  Photoshop, PW Pro.

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