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Open Cluster in Canis Major 

Messier 41 is a very large and bright open cluster lying about 3 degrees south of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It is not hard to see with the naked eye in a dark sky. Because of its large size, it is best viewed with either binoculars or a telescope with a wide-angle eyepiece.

Magnitude 4.5
Apparent Size 38'
Distance (light yrs) 2,300
Right Ascension 6:46.0
Declination -20 46

Image details:  13 images, each 60 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera and a Tokina 500-mm lens. 

March 2010

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