M45 – The Pleiades
This is the first time I have tried M45 with my QHY8, the previous image was taken with my Canon 350d. The image is composed of 6X 15 minute shots and 2X 10 minute shots, along with Flats and Dark frames.
The illumination (Nebulosity) is due to the stars in this open cluster moving through a region of space with dust and the light of these stars is reflecting in the dust. This open cluster is around 370 light years from us in the constellation of Taurus and is easily seen high in the south on a crisp winters night.