The Binocular Sky


M41 (NGC 2287)

Constellation: CMa
Object Type: Open Cluster
RA:  6h 45m 59s
Dec:  -20° 45' 15"
Magnitude: 4.5
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

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M41 is 4° south of α Canis Majoris (Sirius).

What You Should See:

This bright cluster is visible to the naked eye (it was noted by Aristotle) in a transparent sky. In 10×50 binoculars, half a dozen or so stars are resolved against a background glow.

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