Deep Sky Object in Winter
Melope Nebula (NGC1435 in Taurus)

Date & Time: Nov 23 2003, from 23:53 to 24:11 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

NGC1435 / Reflection Nebula, type 1 R
R.A.03h 46m 6.0s (2000.0)
Dec.+23° 47' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size30.0'
Real SizeN/A
Distance410 light yrs.
Other IDsIC349, vdB20-23
The Pleiades has been covered by bluish reflection nebula. Especially there is a bright part around Melope, a southern star of Pleiades, called "The Melope Nebula". And the nebula has an ID number of NGC1435. The nebula has a span of about 30 arc minutes in north-south direction, and has stripe structures looks like being sweeped with paintbrush. The nebula is particularly striking around Melope, you can appreciate it with your own naked eyes aided with binoculars or small scopes under good-conditioned night sky.

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