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MEROPE & IC 349

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Equipment and exposition:

GSO RC 8"
Atik 314L a -20 e atik usb filter wheel Astronomik Filters 31,8
Guida con Orion ST 80 e starshoot autoguider
Neq6 GeoptiK Modded
5 x 200 sec in L ; 6 x 200 sec in B; 4 x 200 sec in R and G
MaximDL, Perseus,PS,DSS LIve/Stacker.

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AAPOD 26/09/2010

About this object:

Merope (23 Tauri) is a star in the constellation Taurus and a member of the Pleiades star cluster. It is approximately 360 light years from Earth.

Merope is a blue-white B-type subgiant with a mean apparent magnitude of +4.14. Richard Hinckley Allen described the star as lucid white and violet.[4] It has a luminosity of 630 times that of the Sun and a surface temperature of 14,000 kelvins. Merope's mass is roughly 4.5 solar masses and has a radius more than 4 times as great as the Sun's. It is classified as a Beta Cephei type variable star and its brightness varies by 0.01 magnitudes.

Surrounding Merope is the Merope Nebula. Part of the nebula that the Pleiades Cluster is currently passing through, it appears brightest around Merope and is listed in the Index Catalogue as number IC 349.

Text from :: NASA/Wikipedia





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