Alt. Designations: NGC 7654
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Distance: 5 kly
Right Ascension: 23h 24m 48.0s
Declination: +61° 35´ 36"
Visual Magnitude: 6.9
Apparent Dimension: 16.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Oct

M52 is an open cluster of stars situated within the constellation of Cassiopeia. It can be seen against the backdrop of a Milky Way field. This object has been described as a "salt and pepper" cluster due to its dense arrangement of about 200 bright stars. M52 is believed to be only 23 million years old. Its distance from Earth is not certain. Estimates range anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 light-years. With a magnitude of 7.3, this cluster is easily visible to an observer with binoculars. A small telescope will reveal the cluster's fainter stars.