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Before this series of photos I had only seen Pluto once.  In about 2005 or 2006 I saw it using a 16" scope during a public program at Fremont Peak and then the following night with my 16" scope at Coyote Lake. It was then in a much less dense portion of the Milky Way.

In 2011 it was between M25 and M24 in a fairly dense part of the Milky Way.  It is just another magnitude 14 point of light in a sea of similar points of light.  The only way you can confirm a sighting is with good charts and over multiple nights.

This series of photos was taken at 0800 UT on 6-22-11,6-23-11, and 6-24-11.  Since Pluto was moving I did not want to try to average several exposures together.

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