Open Cluster M41
Photographed by Scott Davis on February 9, 2013
From Eastman Lake, California
Messier 41 is an open cluster in the constellation of Canis Major, and is located almost directly south of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It contains approximately 100 confirmed member stars and lies an estimated distance of 2300 light years away.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Exposure Details:
Camera settings were ISO 1600, 50 seconds. This image is a stacked composite of 12 light frames and 10 dark frames. The goal was to acquire 40 light frames, but clouds ended the imaging session.

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