Normally it is quite a strain to make out the seventh main star of The Pleiades without optical aid (even from a fairly dark site).  However, under truly exceptional conditions I myself have seen an eighth star barely at the threshold of visibility.  Through binoculars the horde of stars in the Pleiades are absolutely breathtaking, while a larger telescope under the right conditions will reveal a peculiar feature which I shall describe in detail in the section of this book called Observing Tips And Techniques.














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