|Object Type||Open Cluster|
|Size||25.0' x 25.0'|
Situated about 15 degrees east of the bright star Sirius is a pair of bright open clusters, M46, and M47, both of which are easily visible to the naked eye. The two clusters are visible together in binoculars and make an interesting contrast to each other.
M47 is a large, scattered cluster of mostly bright stars, and is a fine object in the telescope. The brighter stars are all blue main sequence objects, indicating a relatively young cluster. To the north of M47 (above) is the large, scattered cluster, NGC 2423, while on the left-hand edge is M46 .