Messier 41 (M 41)

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



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)



M 41 below Sirius (Canis Major)



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( 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/March 2017

I found M 41 on the March 2, using my Heritage P130 on the GoTo mount. As can be read in Karkoschka's book, this star cluster does not impress in the telescope, and so it was.

Observations End of March 2017



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