It is naked eye visible and resembles a tiny "little dipper."
The cluster is dominated by young hot blue luminous stars, the brightest of which illuminate reflection nebula.
The Pleiades has nebulosity? Who knew?
Whenever I took a peek at M45 through my widest field eyepiece, I could see the beautiful blue stars and maybe a hint of a blue glow between them, but no nebula . . .
I've seen photos from astrophotographers showing the nebula so I figured that it takes some serious equipment to capture it.
When I was out last weekend, I thought I'd try to capture an image with my modest gear.
I was amazed to watch as SharpCap integrated the frames from the ZWO ASI294MC.
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I think I have a new favorite!