HOW TO FIND IT:
Scan in the area half way between the sickle of Leo and the twins of Gemini. M44 will be visible with the unaided eye.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Don't look through the telescope, just use the viewfinder for a while. As with many open clusters in Messier's list, the lower the power the better. Small binoculars are also good.
Without moving to too great of magnifying power, look for some of the patterns in the field. One you will want to find is a triple star called Burnham 584. The stars in this system are almost equally bright. They can be found just south of the cluster's center.