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Tara Mostofi
Danville, California, USA
09:04 pm

Equipment Details:

Canon EOS Ra on Skywatcher Evostar 72mm OTA (420mm focal length), on Star Adventurer star tracker. Single exposure, ISO 200, f/5.6, 4 sec

Post-processing Details:

Minimal in Photoshop- adjusted white balance and brought up shadows, texture, and clarity

Image Details:

The beautiful Pleiades star cluster (the Seven Sisters) along with the Hyades form the asterism fondly named the Golden Gate of the Ecliptic. As such, planets can be observed on occasion in this region of the sky. Here the Pleiades are shown just after sunset with the somewhat elusive planet Mercury. Mercury was easy to see naked eye. I wasn't sure the sky would be dark enough for the Pleiades, but my camera easily saw it.