• Constellation: Canis Major
  • Right Ascension: 06h 46.0m
  • Declination: −20° 46′
  • Distance: 2,300 ly

Messier 41 is an open cluster located in Canis Major near Sirius. The cluster contains some 100 members in a diameter of 25 light years. Estimated age of the cluster is around 200 million years. It is expected to remain as a cluster for 500 million years before dispersing. Brightest of the stars is an orange giant near the cent of the cluster. K3 type star, it has a magnitude of 6.3 and is 700 times more luminous than our Sun.

  • Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO 2600 MM