Messier 48 (M48) is an open star cluster located in Hydra, the largest constellation in the sky.
The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 5.5 and lies at a distance of 1,500 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 2548 in the New General Catalogue.
Messier 48 can be seen without binoculars in good conditions.
Facts about M48 by Keith Turnecliff
The concentrated central region of M48 stretches across an area more than 30 arc minutes in size. The best time of year to observe the cluster is in the months of December, January and February. The best way to observe M48 is at low magnifications as it covers an area almost twice the size of the full Moon.