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Open Cluster M41: M41 is one of the best known open clusters in the Sky, because it is very bright, located  close to Sirius, the brightest star in the skies. Already with normal binoculars the beauty of these differently colored stars is striking. Located close to the celestial equator it can be well observed from both hemispheres.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Open Cluster M41
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 041
Constellation Canis Major
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 24+25 Nov 2011
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