II-2: Dust in Taurus

The constellation Taurus is well known for its two brightest open star clusters: the Plejades (Messier 45) and the Hyades (Melotte 25). Both star clusters are located in our cosmic neighbourhood in a distance of 440 light-years (Plejades) and a distance of 150 light-years (Hyades). The complete field between and around these two open star clusters is filled with dust, as can be seen obviously in the following wide-field images and high-resolution images.

M 45 - Baader APO 95/560 CaF2

M 45 @ 135mm

Hyades & Plejades


Hyades @ 135mm

Barnard 7 @ 200mm

NGC 1555 - Astro-Physics 175mm