Photo by Pittendreigh
HOW TO FIND IT:
M71 is half way between Delta and Gamma in Sagitta. The big challenge is finding the constellation Sagitta. First, memorize the small pattern of stars in Sagitta. It is supposed to be an arrow, and (with some of that averted imagination) it does look vaguely like an arrow. Once outside, start with Altair in the constellation Aquila. With your eyes, survey the area between Aquila and Cynus. You should be able to locate Sagitta.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Look for a hazy circle, with one side brighter than the other.