How To Find Messier 52

How To Find Messier 52

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This open cluster is found approximately 7,000 light years away. It was discovered by Messier in September 1774. The cluster contains nearly 200 stars with the brightest being magnitude 11. It is an interesting cluster because it contains a wide range of stars at different ages. This makes it ideal for studying star formation.

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Telescopic Image to Scale:


This image is the size of a full moon for size comparison.

Other Names:

Messier 52


NGC 7654


Magnitude = 6.9

Surface brightness = 12

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to Find It:

This open cluster officially resides in the Cassiopeia Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 22h 04m 23.05 DEC +51° 05′ 39.0″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

How to Find messier 52

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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