• 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 the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. First recorded notice of it was by Giovanni Battista Hordierna in 1645. Charles Messier added it to his catalog in January 1765.

The cluster consists of approximately 100 members, the brightest is an orange giant K3 type star located near the center of the cluster.

  • Telescope: EDT 80mm Reftactor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600 MM