M52

Spotted M52 / NGC 7654 tonight, first with the 48x and then the 160x eyepiece. Liked it better at the lower zoom. A bit tough to identify against the bright backdrop of so many stars in the Milky Way. I took the presence of the bright star to lower right (in eyepiece) as definitive. I found it by following the line from Cassiopeia alpha to Cass beta, then hopping the same distance and just a bit to the left. Then scanning with the scope.

Frankly it didn’t look much denser or more interesting than nearby stuff in the Milky Way; I’m curious how this gets identified so clearly as a group. Need more experience.

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