Range Tracking

Seven Sisters on New Year’s Eve

The Pleiades (M45) is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus visible to the naked eye as a small, foggy patch in the sky from which six or seven individual stars can be faintly seen of the hundreds of stars that make up the cluster. A Greek myth about seven sisters is the origin of the name. The Pleiades are visible from the backyard even in my light polluted sky from where these images were made.
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A wide angle view.
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Zooming in on the cluster.
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I chanced to capture a faint satellite, invisible to the eye but easily seen by the camera, as it exited out of frame at the start of the exposure.

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