Messier 41

Messier 41 (NGC 2287) is a large, bright, open cluster located in Canis Major just south of the star Sirius. It has a visual magnitude of 4.5 and contains about 100 stars, scattered over an area 38' in diameter. The brightest, situated near the cluster's center, is of magnitude 6.9.
On clear dark nights, M 41 is visible to the naked eye as a hazy patch virtually the size of the full moon.
Messier 41 lies approximately 2350 light years away in the Orion Bridge (Arm) of the galaxy in the constellation of Canis Major. Its size is around 25 light-years, and its luminosity about 8000 suns. The cluster's brightest star, located near the center, is a yellow-orange K3 giant about 700 times as luminous as the Sun. The age of M 41 is estimated to be somewhere between 190 and 240 million years.




Canon 7D
50 x 15 sec stacked images with Deep Sky Stacker
ISO: 800
Prime Focus – Celestron CPC 9.25

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