Object name: BERKELEY044
Designation(s): BERKELEY044, PN_ABELL59,
Berkeley 44 is a rather faint open cluster in Sagitta about 2 degrees west and a bit south of the far more famous Coathanger asterism in Vulpecula. According to WEBDA, it is about 5,900 light-years from us. They put its age at 1.3 billion years. That would mean its bright blue stars have already died leaving only white to red stars. This alone accounts for some of the rather red color of its stars. But WEBDA also says it has been reddened by 1.4 magnitudes. Thus it is a very red cluster and likely also dimmed to an even greater extent by the reddening dust. No wonder it is so hard to pick out. On my images right edge, a bit below Berkeley 44 is what appears to be half a star cluster trying to get into the image. I can't find any catalog showing anything at its position so apparently, it is either just an asterism or an unrecognized star cluster. I vote for the former.