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About this observation
Observer
Nick James
Time of observation
11/11/2018 - 00:52
Object
M45
Observing location
Tarbatness, Scotland
Equipment
Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3
ASI294MC Pro
Exposure
4x120s

A quick snapshot of the Pleiades taken on a very variable night at Denis Buczynski's observatory in northern Scotland. When the sky is dark it is very dark and transparent but there was a lot of drifting cloud around on this night so I couldn't get many subs. Two other problems with this system are that I couldn't rotate the camera so the orientation was pretty random and bright stars suffer from significant diffraction spikes which come from the Epsilon's secondary support spider. I know some people think these look nice (and even add them in software when the optics don't provide them) but I hate them. Apart from that the Tak Epsilon is a very nice design and gives a very nice flat field with a fast f ratio. 

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