Messier 29 (M 29)

Introduction | Map | Find/Identify | My Best Own Photos | My Own Observations | References | Appendix: My Own Photos

On this page I collect my observations of the open star cluster M 29 in the constellation Cygnus/Swan.

 

Introduction

The open star cluster M 29 in the constellation Cygnus / Swan is considered as small and inconspicuous, and one of the less known Messier objects. It showed only a few stars in my own observations (4-6 in the C8), not many more in the eVscope.

Size: 6' (Stoyan)
Distance: 3,700 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: ** (Stoyan)

 

Map

M 29 in constellation Cygnus/Swan (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Find/Identify

Find: First of all, it is best to look for the "swan triangle" (blue lines), which lies in the west in winter, as shown on the map below. The bright star Deneb at the top of this triangle is the most striking one. Below it lies the star Gamma Cygni. If you draw a short oblique line eastwards and downwards from it, you will encounter the small, star-poor open star cluster M 29 in the constellation Cygnus/Swan. That reads more complicated than it is!

Identify: If you hit on a small star cluster of 4-6 stars, you have found and identified M 29.

 

My Best Own Photos

eVscope

         

M 29 - Jun 12, 2020

 

M 29 - Aug 20, 2020

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020

   

M 29 - Jun 12, 2020, processed

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020, processed

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020, processed

 

My Own Observations

Observations Summer to Autumn 2016

Observations End of January to February 2020

Observations June to August 2020

 

References

On this Site


Appendix: My Own Photos

eVscope

         

M 29 - Feb 6, 2020

 

M 29 - Feb 6, 2020

 

M 29 - Feb 7, 2020, already too low...

      

M 29 - Jun 12, 2020

 

M 29 - Aug 20, 2020

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020

   

M 29 - Jun 12, 2020, processed

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020, processed

 

M 29 - 20.8.2020, processed