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Messier 29 An open cluster in the constellation of Cygnus. Discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. This target can easily be seen with binoculars, so if you get to observe it let me know what you think. Is is between 4 and 7,000 Ly away, around 11 Ly across, approaching us at an estimated 28 Km/s and is around 10 million years old. The five hottest stars form a 'chopped off mini big dipper'. Its apparent brightness is 8.5 but the absolute magnitude is -8.2 or put it another way the luminosity of 160,000 Suns. Taken with poor seeing from fine high altitude cloud in gusty conditions. If you want to know more the astrobin link is: http://www.astrobin.com/265279/