C. de Jager, at the time Director of the Utrecht Observatory, shares his memories about the discovery of Nova Cygni. In the Dutch evening twilight, the Nova was first seen by J.W. Schippers, G.P. Können and Gerard Peet – six hours after its first sight by K. Osada in Japan. In retrospect, we -- De Jager and the three official Dutch co-discoverers – have been privileged in have experienced the last echo of nineteenth-century astronomy.