Aug 8, 2013 Indian Springs, Oregon Star Party (map)
Regalo de Estrella 6" f/5.4 @ 26x
Appears more like a cluster in a small 'scope, five stars in a 5' region, easy to find 3° east and a bit south of γCyg
Oct 21, 2006 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
12x36 Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars
Easier to find with binos than a telescope, a distinct clump of several stars in the thick galactic starfield of central Cygnus, Messier must have been using low power when he located this cluster
Sep 18, 1998 NASP, Chino Valley, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT
This got an M#?! Trying to pick this out of the rich star field of Cygnus was not easy. Only confirmed when matched with the photo in Burnham.
Oct 27, 1794 Observatory House, Slough (map)
Is not sufficiently marked in the heavens to deserve notice, as 7 or 8 small stars together are so frequent about this part of the heavens that one might find them by hundreds.
Johann Elert Bode
Dec 5, 1774 Berlin Observatory, Germany (map)
On December 5, 1774, I saw in Cygnus, south of the star Gamma at the breast, a nebulous star cluster, and in the same night in Cassiopeia a similar cluster with the stars Zeta and Lambda at the head west of it in an obtuse-angled triangle.
Jul 29, 1764
A cluster of 7 or 8 very small stars, which are below Gamma Cygni, which one sees with an ordinary telescope of 3.5-foot in the form of a nebula. Its position determined from Gamma Cygni. Reported on chart of the Comet of 1779."
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Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.
The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.
Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927
Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.