Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
Messier 52 (M52) is a bright open cluster located in the northern constellation Cassiopeia.
The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 5.0 and lies at an approximate distance of 5,000 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 7654 in the New General Catalogue.
Messier 52 can easily be seen with binoculars. In 10×50 binoculars, it appears as a hazy, nebulous patch of light. 4-inch telescopes reveal a dense, compressed star cluster populated by many faint stars, with a shape resembling that of the letter V.
Facts about M52 by Keith Turnecliff
The best time of year to observe it is during the autumn.