Taken on a cold winter night, high in the mountains on the Italian-French border, the Pleiades, Messier 45, or the Seven Sisters as they are known, is an open cluster dominated by hot blue stars in the constellation of Taurus. It is 444 ly from earth and is thus one of the closest star clusters. The reflection nebulae around the brightest stars are most likely from a dust cloud in the through which the stars are currently passing. This unfiltered full colour image, clearly shows not just hints of the surrounding Taurus molecular cloud but also the wonderful structures to be found in the surrounding reflection nebulosity.
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sport
10Micron GM1000 HPS
ca. 1 hrs, ISO 1600, F2.8, 300mm