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.

Object Open Cluster M41
Category Open Clusters
Designation M 041
Constellation Canis Major
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 2min each Astrodon True Balance RGB filters. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop, Color Code RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 27 Nov 2009
 
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