(IAAC) Nebulosity in The Pleiades
I was just about to send the following message when I noticed William's
message, so I guess it answers my question, but here it is anyway....
Last night I had a look at M45 simply to wallow in the darkness of the
night, in my 220mm Newtonian. I immediately noticed a glow around the
main six stars; nothing bright, but an unmistakable haze particularly in
the immediate vicinity of the stars (ie. not in the centre of the pan of
the saucepan shape). I had my suspicions that it might be the
reflection nebula, but as the sky was getting hazy I thought I'd check
it wasn't just illuminated atmospheric haze. So I looked at the stars
of the Coathanger and the Perseus Double Cluster, and they were crisp
with no haze.
So was I seeing the reflection nebula? I seem to recall Sue French
saying in a reasonably recent posting that she saw it (I forget the
context). I'd be interested if others have seen it, or if they think it
could still have been atmospheric haze.
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