Messier 41 (M 41)

Introduction | Map | Sketch | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the open star cluster M 41 in the constellation Canis Major.

 

Introduction

The open star cluster M 41 in the constellation Canis Major is located fairly low in the sky, even below Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. With the help of Sirius, M 41 should be easy to find (provided that Sirius is already visible).

Size: 40' / 30' (Stoyan / Karkoschka)
Distance: 2,300 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)

 

Map

M 41 below Sirius (Canis Major)

 

Sketch

The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch): Sketch of M 41 by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I have only the author's permission to link to this sketch.

 

My Own Observations

Observations February to End of March 2017

Observations March - April 2018

 

My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (March 14, 2018)

         

M 41 (Canis Major), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Photos taken with Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018), originals reduced to 600 x 450 pixels.
This photo does not show M 41, it is probably about 2 degrees off (too far to the east) according to All sky plate solver (RA J2000: 06:53:44, Dec: -21:02:58 for the center of the photo, 06:46:01/-20:45:25 for M 41)

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018)

         

M 41 (Canis Major), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

         

M 41 (Canis Major), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Photos taken with Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018), originals reduced to 600 x 450 pixels. Confirmed using www.astroimages.de/de/gallery/M41.html and All sky plate solver.

 

References

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