NQ Vul was discovered visually by the English amateur astronomer George Alcock on 1976 October 21 at a magnitude of 6.5 (AAVSO Alert Notices 9, 10, 12, 13). A precusor to the event was seen on photographic plates taken 26 hours before discovery by the Sternberg State Astronomical Institute in Moscow (Carroll 1977).
V4334 SGR is well known as "Sakurai's Object". It was discovered as a variable on February 20, 1996 by Yukio Sakurai of Japan while he was looking for comets. (Imagine the numbers of variables discovered this way!) At the time, it was a new 12th magnitude star thought to be a novae. But pretty soon it was realized things were not quite so simple.