Venus is now closing in on the Pleiades star cluster, I’ve also taken a wider view image with the Hyades star cluster above, both these star clusters are in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull).
Because both Venus and the Pleiades are very low in the western sky at sunset the sky’s very light, so I’m not able to capture any nebulosity around any of these pretty young stars in the Pleiades.
I’ve also included an image of the beautiful Pleiades that I took at my Stardust Observatory last September with one of my telescopes in a very dark sky, as you can see this star cluster is one of the most beautiful objects in the night sky :-)
The Pleiades star cluster is a group of hundreds of stars that were born from the same stellar nebula about 100 million years ago and is over 400 light years away from us.
The wide field images were taken with a Canon 70D camera and a Tamron 18-400mm lens on a tripod just outside my house with lots of street lights.
~ A dark sky image of the Pleiades taken at my Stardust Observatory ~
and a Canon 70D camera at my Stardust Observatory.
There were 25x3 minute subs and 15x3 minute darks captured which were stacked in DSS
and processed in PS CS4.