Been meaning to image this one for a while, but its taken a bit of effort to get my skills (and equipment) up to scratch, as this one's a bit of a harder target - at least in my mind. Taken last night at Gingin, Western Australia, in between high level clouds and distant lightning storms (which fortunately stayed at a distance, but periodically lit up the clear night sky).
M45 Pleiades (or the Seven Sisters) is an open star cluster containing hot B-type stars, and is easily spotted with the naked eyes. The luminous nebula are dust clouds which were once thought to be related to cluster but are actually unrelated interstellar medium (well, thats what Wikipedia says...).
The image is available for download from here.
Project Manager and Engineer (control systems) with over 18 years of experience, Will Vrbasso has also spent the past few years developing his skills in astro and nightscape photography, and has interests in astronomy and spaceflight in general.