Mars Immersed in the Faintest dust of Pleiades Star Cluster

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A wide field deep view of the winter sky comprising 5h of expousure captured with a 300mm lens at f/2.8, shows planet Mars visiting the faintest (IFN) nebulosity which seems to surround Pleiades or Seven Sisters (M45), an open cluster containing hot and young stars. The blue nebulosity that surrounds the cluster, is a reflection nebula scattering the blue starlight. The cluster contains about 1,000 stars, of which more than a dozen can be seen with the unaided eye during winter time in the Northern Hemisphere. Captured from Cumeada Observatory, official headquarter of Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

PT: Uma visão ampla e profunda do céu de inverno que acumula 5h de exposição captadas com uma lente de 300 mm a f/2.8, revela o planeta Marte visitando a nebulosidade mais tênue (IFN) que parece circundar as Pleiades ou Sete Irmãs (M45), um aglomerado de estrelas aberto contendo estrelas muito jovens e quentes. A nebulosidade azul que envolve o aglomerado é uma nebulosa de reflexão, que espalha assim a luz azul das estrelas que se encontram na região. O aglomerado contém cerca de 1.000 estrelas, das quais uma dezena pode ser apreciada a olho nu durante o inverno no Hemisfério Norte. Captada a partir do Observatório da Cumeada, Sede Oficial do Dark Sky@ Alqueva, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Canon 300mm f/2,8 + Canon 6D not modified | ISO1600 and ISO2000 – Exp. of 1, 2 and 3 minutes for each set captured in 3 different nights of March 2021. Total of 179 lights | Mount EQ6 Pro |Total integration of 179 Lights: 295 minutes (5h). Processing on PixInsight 1.8.8-7 and Photoshop CC 2021. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.


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