Re: (IAAC) Object: M45, Instrument: 16" Newtonian f/4.59

> Hi Todd:
> Darker skies should help in seeing the nebulousity surrounding M-45.

Yup it really is a matter of sky contrast: I've seen the nebulosity around Merope in a 5" f/5, but only under a sky with visual limiting mag (for me) of  7.0 or more. It is pretty easy to see haze around 5 or 6 Pleiads in a 20", but again only if the sky is sufficiently dark (LM 6.5 or better for me).

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